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THE LIBRARY OF THE
AT CHAPEL HILL
THE COLLECTION OF
JOHN SPRUNT HILL
CLASS OF 1889
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UNIVERSITY OF N,C. AT CHAPEL HILL
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THE NORTH CAROLINA COLLECTION
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Kings Mountain. North Caroi in \
"O give tlianks unio ihe 1 ord: call 'ipon iiis name: make
known His deeds among His people."
— Psflm 95:1
APRII Ihe MCHIH
NINETthN HUNDRFD and IK. HI ^ -I ( )1 R
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Josephine E. Weir
To Mrs. Josephine E. Weir, a lriii\ reniari<abie
woman whose many git'is to ilic church include the
authorship of this history, we htimhly dedicate lliis
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The following nineteen pages is a
reproduction of the brochure for the
Dedication Service for the present
building on December 5, 1937.
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Services of Dedication
"I have surely built thee an house to dwell in,
A settled place for thee to abide in forever."
DECEMBER fhe FIFTH
NINETEEN HUNDRED and THIRTY-SEVEN
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In Memory oj
Charles Eugene Xcisler, Senior
Elder in this church for 37 years and Sunday School
Superintendent for 34 \ears. As a tribute to his Christian
character, his outstandin;; leadership, and his loyal devotion
to the Church, this Education Building is dedicated.
(Inscription oii Minwrial Plaque)
Mrs. Charles Eugene Neisler, Senior
By her donation of the lot and by her whole hearted enthusiasm andsupport, led
the way to the building of the new church.
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The New Church
The new First Presbyterian Cliurch in Kiiics Muuntain. X. C. i- an example ut
the Enixhsh Gothic st\ Ic of architecture, setting: iCrth tlie earelul u.-.e ami enldrlul
comljination of brick, tile, wood and '_das> in uh.it can lie con^ide^ed a modern desieii.
It ^hows in a very interestinL; m. inner hou attracti\e and coloriul a lirick church cm
The Architect,-. Wenner and Fink, of Phi!adel|iiii.i. Pennr\lvaiua. with the asso-
ciation of ^Ir. F;. M. Cono\"er. the director of the Interdenominational Kureati of
.Architecture, have dcsi,i:n;d this church to fulfill the needs of the modern church
prot;ram and of the modern communit\ . I'he dothic style was chosen as it is l\|iical
of Christian architecture, having: its oriu'in and havinii developed in the Chri.-lian
Within the wall- ue Imd the church auditorium and sanctuary proiier lollowiiiL:
the traditional lines of the Christian Church. The chancel and church both have the
basic arrangement and desisn which ha; been characteristic of the church from the
earliest days. The great chancel window portrays scenes from the Life of Christ, por-
trayed in Medallions, and the glass is done in the manner of the best Twelfth Centur\
In the doors at the main entrance the Seal of the Presb\ terian Church in the
United States is placed. The features of the seal are rich in Scriptural symbolism. The
motto: ''Lux lucet in tenebris" meaning, "The light shineth in the darkness," gives the
mission of the Church, that it should spread abroad that light from heaven which is
the life of men.
REV. P. D. PATRICK
Mr. H. L. Ramseur
Mr. J. T. D.AViDSON
Mr. George Cansler
^Ir. J. B. Thomasson
^Ir. J. H. Thomson
I\Ir. R. H. Webb
Mr. C. E. Neisler, Jr.
Mr. C. p. Goforth
Mr. J. F. Allison
Mr. p. M. Xeisler
Mr. H. H. Houston
Mr. .Arthur Hay
jNIr. C. F. Thomasson
IVIr. Carl Davidson
jNIr. J. a. Neisler
INIr. C. F. Stowe
Mr. Paul Mauney
Mr. Hunter Xeisler
Mr. Luther Cansler
J. B. Thomasson E. L. Campbell
J. B. THOMASSON
Chairman of the Building Committee
Building Committee — Executive
March 15, 1936
J. B. Thomasson
P. M. Neisler
J. H. Thomson
P. M. Neisler
J. B. Thomasson
J. H. Thomson
March 15, 1936
C. E. Neisler, Jr.
R. G. Plonk
Mrs. C. E. Neisler
Mrs. H. N. Moss
Miss Carlyle Ware
May 26, 1935
C. F. Thomasson C. E. Neisler, Jr.
j. H. Thomson, Treasurer Mrs. O. \V. Myers
Mrs. C. E. Neisler
Arts and Memorials Committee
January 23, 1937
H. R. Xkisler Carl W. Davidson
Dr. W . L. Ramseur Miss Jette Plonk
^Irs. J. H. Thomson
J. A. Xeisler
C. F. Thomasson
W. J. Fulkerson
Mrs. W. T. Weir
January 23, 1937
Mrs. Harry Page
]\Iiss Barbara Summitt
Miss Sara Ramseur
I\Irs. Carl W. Davidson
February 23, 1936
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Carl \\ . D.avidson- ^ Boy Scouts
Mrs. W. B. Thomson \ y p j^
Luther Cansler \
C. F. Thomasson Sunday School
Miss Jette Plonk . . ]i'oman's Auxiliary
C. F. Thomasson
H. E. Lynch
Mrs. R. D. Miller
H. E. Lynch
C. P. Goforth
Carl W. Davidson
-Mrs. W. T. Weir
ORDER OF DEDICATORY SERVICES
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1937
Laying of Corner Stone
HvMN — "The Church's One Foundation"
Scripture — I. Chronicles 29:10-18 - ^'.v //"' Pastor
Apostles' Creed -- -- - In Unison
Laying of Corner Stone />v Executive Committee oj the Buildini^
Committee — Mr. J. B. Thomasson, Mr. P. M. Neisler, Mr. J. H.
Prayer Rev. W. L. Lingic, D.D., President oj Davidson College
Address .. Rev. Fred J. Hay, Pastor 1st Presbyterian Church, Dillon, S. C.
Hymn — "Light up the World for Jesus"
Morning Worship and Church Dedication
Call to Worship _ Choir
Solo — "Open the Gates of the Temple" Mr. George H . Emery
Invocation Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine, Monroe, .V. C.
Hymn — "All Things are Thine"
Greetings from the Mother Church — Long Creek
Presbyterian Church . _ Rev. Coytc Hunter
Greetings from Kings Mountain Presbytery..., Rev. J . K. Hall, D.D.
Pastor oj Goshen Presbyterian Church, Belmont, X . C.
Old Testament — Dedication of the Temple — L Kings
8:22-53 . ... Rev. Fred J . Hay
New Testament — Jesus Dedicates Himself in Temple —
Luke 4: 14-21 Rev. J. E. Berryhill, Charlotte, X. C.
Prayer . Rev. J. E. Berryhill
Hymn — "We Cannot Build Alone'
Anthem ... ... Choir
Sermon .,... Rev. W. L. Lingic, D.D., President oj Davidson College
Prayer of Dedication and Benediction by the Pastor
Dismissal Hymn Choir
Service of Music
Organ and C'iiimks — I\Ii/siiiaiis: Aliss Virginia Parsons, Mrs. Harold
Iliinnicutt, Mrs. Joseph I. Maust of Richmond, Va.
Scripture and Prayer Rev. R. J . Mcllwainc
Rev. J. E. Berrvhill
Evening Worship and Dedicatory Service of Educational Building
Service in the Fellowship Hall
Hymn — "Day lb Dyinn in the West"
Scripture .. __. _ _ Rev. R. J. Mcllwainc
Solo . _ .. Mr. Joseph I. Maust, Richmond, Va.
History of 1st Presbyterian Church of
King's Mountain .... Rev. J . K. Hall, D.D.
Hymn — "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken"
Dedicatory Address of the Neisler Memorial
Education Building . Rev. Fred J. Hay
Prayer of Dedication . . by the Pastor
Hymn — 'T Love Thy Kingdom Lord"
Dismissal Hymn Choir
The Old Cltnrch
Thf -I'tcnil Imililii!'.' of \).x l'rtsl)\ UMiuii Cluiich ol KiiiL'? Mdunlain, y
buill l)> Mr. H. L. Ranistur, was dcdiciitcd Jul\' .^, I'lOo, by the RcNXTend J.
■'Wlial is the ii'd iluinh':' 'Ti- a linok
On which \\l l^ukuard sadls lixik ;
N\>t willing' ([uiU' to -LL- it tlo-c.
The lauL'h, the tear. l!;i- ^llilu■, tlit- shade.
All 'tui\t the laiveis gcntl> laid.;
Xo uneut leaver ; no |3a.L;e unsianned;
Cln-e it and lav it in GodV hand."
Ox Saturday, April 5. KSS4, under the p;uidance of the Reverends
Cook, Leeiier, J. J. Kennedy, and Elder J. I. Holland the following
eighteen men and women presented certificates of membership from
Presbxterian churches elsewhere and were organized into a Presbyterian
church: W. I. Stowe, JMrs. W. I. Stowe, Thomas G. Stowe, Dr' T. J.
Walker, Mrs. RI. E. Houser, Dr. T. T. Hay, Miss Ella Hay, Miss Rosetta
Hay, Louis G. Hay, Mrs. Louis G. Hay, Richard T. Cansler, Mrs. Richard
T. Cansler, Rlrs. A. P. Ashbury, Miss M.M. Ashbury, Mrs. Carrie Black,
Mrs. ^L J. Deiinger, Miss Addie Smith, Miss Sallie E. Ashbury. Two
elders, W. I. Stowe and Dr. T. T. Hay, and two deacons, Richard T.
Cansler and Louis G. Hay were elected, ordained and installed. The name
chosen for the organization was ''The Presbyterian Church of Kings
Mountain". The first pastor. Reverend E. P. Davis, who served from 1884-
1887, was engaged to preach one Sunday each month.
For the first three years the young church held occasional services in
the .\. R. P. and Methodist churches. On April 3, 1887, the congregation
had the joy of worshippmg for the first time in their own church home, a
frame structure located on the southwest corner of King Street and Rail-
road Avenue, the dedicatory sermon being preached by the Reverend E. P.
On July 10, 1887, a Sunday school was organized with Elder ^^'. L
Stowe as superintendent and with a membership of twenty.
During the first sixteen years of its history, the church made small
progress due chiefly to the shortness of the service of the ministers and
the frequenc\- (.)f the vacancies that followed. From 1884-1S88 the Kings
Mountain Church was served for one Sabbath each month by the pastor
of the Shelby church. The second pastor. Reverend K. E. Erwin, served
from April to December 188S.
From 1889-1906 it was groui^ed with Long Creek, Shiloh ((}rover),
and Hepzibah, with the pastor to preach one Sunday each month. In 1897
these four churches secured a manse in Kings Mountain on South Railroad
Avenue, after which date the pastor resided in Kings Mountain. During
this period the church was served by Reverend E. A. Sample (1889-1892),
student W. L. Walker (three months in 1893), Reverend J. K. Hall (1893-
1894), Reverend R. J. Mdlwaine (1896-1898), Reverend J. R. Millard
(1899-1902), and Reverend J. RL Forbis (1903-1908).
In 1906 the Kings Mountain church decided to ha\'e half of the
[lastor's time. Long Creek and Bessemer City, with Kings Mountain, con-
stituted the new group. The Reverend Mr. Fi)rl.)is was succeeded by
Reverend S. S. Oliver (1910-1912), Reverend R. .\. Miller (1913-1914),
Reverend C. L. Bragav,- (1914-1915), Reverend ]. !•:. Berrvhill (1916-
The cungrei^atiiin li.nl Ioul; felt the need of a larger church with more
adequate pro\'ision for a Sunday School. On July 3, 190o, a new building,
which had been erected on the northwest coiner of Piedmont and Moim-
tain Streets, wa^ dedicated by the pastor, Re\erend J. RI. Forbis.
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During the first thirty-six years the church was blessed with mullw
efficient men whu served as elders and deacons. Those elected as elders
were W. I. Stowe, Dr. W". T. Hay, H. V. .\llison. J. W". Brown, C. E
Xeisler, C. J. McCombs, H. L. Ramseur. Robert Barber, C. I. Hunter,
J. T. Davidson, J- T. Ware, Those elected as deacons were R. T, Cansler,
L. G. Hav, C. E," Falls, C. P. Goforth, J. T. .\llison, G. V. Patterson, J. T.
Welch, J.' H. Thomasson. H. B. Stowe and P. M. Xeisler.
B>" 1919 the church membership had increased from fifty-one in 1900
to ninety-four. At this date the cliurch took a very decided forward stej)
in callint; Re\-erend Fred J. Hay as full time pastor. Two years before this
date the house used as the pastor's residence was sold, and the ec|uity falliiiL;
to the Kings JNIounlain church was invested in a house and lot on the corner
of King and Carpenter Streets, whicli servi'd as a manse until 19,>fi.
Upon the rcsii^nation nf tlic Reverend Fred Hay in 1922, the chinili
extended a call to the Reverenrl 1. S. ?iIcFlroy, D.D, Dr. McFlroy accepted
the call and served the church from 1923-1931, when lie was called to his
reward. During his pastorale the church membership increased and
the Sunda.N' Scho(jl grew so large that the church in 192() rented an adjoin-
ing cottage to serve as an annex.
Having been without a [>astor from January-July the church extended
a call to the Reverend Richard ('. Wilson, Jr., who accepted it and began
his ministry in .August, 1931, During his pastorate the way was prepared
for the making of definite ]ilans to construct a new building. The congre-
gation was saddened a second time by the loss of a pastor b_\- death in 1934.
During the past seventeen \'ears the church has found herself con-
tinually blessed b}- the sanit type of able. God-fearing elders and deacons
as those under whose guidance she grew prior to 1920. Since that date the
following elders have been chosen: J. C. ^lason, C. E. Xeisler, Jr., George
Cansler. J. H. Thomson, J. B. Thomasson, H. B. Stow-e, and R. H, Webb,
The following deacons have been elected: E, W, Barnes, C, E. Alason, D.
S. Rhyne, J. H. Thomson, C, F. Thomasson, C. W. Davidson, J. A. Xeis-
ler, J. W. Ramseur. C. F. Stowe, H. H. Houston, F. G. Rogers. Arthur Hay,
Luther Cansler, H. R. Xeisler and Paul Mauney.
This church has been honored in sending out one of her best sons as
a minister, B. F, Ormand, Jr., graduated from the Union Theological
Seminary in May, 1937, and was ordained on October 10, 1937, in Lost
City, West \"irginia.
Having been without a pastor from October-. \pril, the church extended
a call to the Reverend P. D. Patrick, who accepted the charge and began
his pastorate in May, 1935,
In 193o ^Irs, C. E. Xeisler presented the church with the beautiful
lot on the corner of King and Gaston Streets for the erection of a new
church. As the lot included an attractive house to be used as a home for
the pastor, the officers disposed of the former manse.
The congregation elected the various committees needed lor a Ijuild-
ing program, approN'ed the plans submitted by Wenner and Fink, and
began work on August 16, 1936, After experiencing the joy of whole
hearted cooperation in building God's House, the congregation worshipped
for the last time in the old church October 31, 1937, with Reverend J, ~M.
Forbis preaching the sermon, and moved to the new location Xovember
After a week of revival services and thanksRivinti fur the blessings
Gild had bestowed upon her, the church, composed of a membership of
301, dedicated the church building at the morning service, Decemljer S,
1937, and the Xeisler Memorial Educational Kuildinij: at the evening
On July 3, 1887, three months after the congrenalion had moved into
a building of their own, the session decided that a Sunday School should
be organized the following Sunday. This resolution was executed July 10.
^Ir. ^^'. I. Stowe was elected suiierintendent of the school of twenty mem-
bers and served in that ca|)acity until January 8, 1897. Mr. C. E. Neisler,
who was elected as his successor, served faithfull\- for thirt\-four years.
Soon after Mr. Neisler's election, Mr. C. P. Goforth was elected secretary,
which office he filled for eighteen years. .\t the end of that time Mr. John
Ramseur was chosen to fill the office and Mr. Golorth became assistant
superintenflent, in which capacity he is serving today. ~S\x. C. F. Thomasson
became superintendent in 1932 and Mr. Luther Cansler became secre-
tary and treasurer in 1936.
The years have seen a steady growth of the Sunday School from
twenty members and one teacher in 1887 to 309 members and eighteen
teachers in 1937. By 1926 the session was forced to rent a cottage near the
church to use as a Sunday School annex. Some time after that, two classes
met in the Town Hall for several years. For several months before the
completion of the new church, the Ladies' class met in the home of a
member of the class.
At present time there are eight departments: Xursery, Beginners,
Primary, Juniors, Intermediates, Young People, .\dult and the Home
It has long been the custom for all contributions made on the first
Sunda.\' of each month to be sent to the Barium Sprinn;s Orphanage. The
School has contributed generously to the Equipment Fund for the new
church as well as doing her bit toward the spreading of the Kingdom
through Home and Foreign ^Missions.
TJic ]Vo})ian's Aiixiliuiv
The women of this church were first organized in 1893 as "The Ladies
Society of Kings Mountain Presbyterian Church" with Mrs. J. M. Brown
as president. The object was the raising of funds to advance Christ's
In 1906 when a new church was built, "The Ladies .\id Society", as
it was then called, furnished the organ, carpet, pulpit furniture, collection
plates, silver communion service, table and linen.
In 1912 the society joined the Presbyterial and became "Ladies ^Mission-
ary and Aid Society". Cause secretaries were appointed and part of funds
were given to benevolent causes of the church. Interest was begun in the
Presb\-terial Orphanage at Barium Springs. Each year since, an orphan has
been clothed and offerings made at Thanksgiving. Canned goods and
ciuilts also have been sent.
The organization became "The Woman's .Auxiliary " in 1916. Circles
were formed. Classes were held for Bible study and Mission study. Each
year white cross supplies ha\'e been sent to hospitals in missionary fields.
Since 1922 annual Hirthdav Parties have been held and nffeiings
sent to special missionary objects.
When the membership of the church felt a new buildinji was urgent, a
consecrated, faithful member of the Auxiliary — Mrs. C. E. Neisler — gave
the beautiful lot on which to erect the building. After planning and pray-
ing for a new church, the .\uxiliary has equipped the kitchen. Individual
members have worked tirelessl_\' on committees and helped materially with
donations and memorial gifts.
May we continue to go forward in Christ.
]'oniii^ People oj the Church
In the year 1920, when 'Sir. Fred J. Hay was pastor of our Church,
four students from Davidson College came over and assisted in organizing
what was then called the "Christian Endeavor", and has since been changed
to the "Young People of the Church". Mrs. H. B. Stowe was the Leader,
Advisor, and everything else it takes to keep Young People interested in
worthwhile things. She was always known as a friend of the Y'oung People
and served faithfully until she moved away several years ago.
Mr. Carl Davidson was the first president, and there was an enroll-
ment of about twelve members. Miss .^nnie Laura Summitt is president
now and the enrollment is twenty-live. The Young People are going for-
ward now under the capable leadership of iNIrs. W. B. Thomson. Educa-
tional and instructional programs are carried out in the meetings, and we
have been called on at times by the Pastor to have charge of Prayer ISIeet-
ing services, which we gladly did.
Each summer at least two delegates have attended the Summer Con-
ference in Davidson representing the Young People. One member from
the Young People's organization is now in the ministry, B. F. Ormand, Jr.
Several members of the Young People's organization are serving as Sunday
School teachers, and in any other way that we can be of service.
With our new Church building' and equipment we hope that we will
be able to accomplish even greater things in the Young People's work.
Boy Scouts of America Troop Xo. 1
The Boy Scout movement in the church is aiiout fourteen years old,
having been organized during the [pastorate of Rev. Fred J. Hay. Each
succeeding minister has shown much interest in the welfare of the Troop;
therefore we feel that much of the success we have had and the standing
this troop now has in the conmiunity can be traced to efforts of our min-
Troop Xo. 1 is the oldest troop in the city and is sponsored by the
Men's Bible Class. Its troop committee is Mr. Chas. V . Thomasson, Chair-
man. :\Ir. J. H. Thomson, Rev. P. D. Patrick, Mr. O. W. Myers. Mr. G. C.
Barber and 'Six. .Arthur Hay. This committee is representative of the entire
church and never fails l(_) come to the rescue of the troop when their back-
ing or presence is needed.
For the past ten years the troop has been under the leadership of Mr.
Carl Davidson, Scoutmaster. Mr. Jack Ormand, one of the luigle Scouts,
has rendered valuable service to the troop as assistant Scoutmaster, and
now Mr. Harry Page has stepped in as assistant Scoutmaster to bolster
up the leadership of the troop: therefore we have eN'ery reason t(.) belie\'e
the future has much in store for our boys.
Over one hur.dred boys have received Scout training in our troop.
Eleven of this number have reached the Eagle Rank; others are rapidly
advancing toward this same goal.
Our membership, at the present, i umbers twenty-six boys with four
on the waiting list, impatient because they are not quite twelve years old.
Of the four National awards for heroism that have been given to boys
of the Piedmont Council, two have come to our troop. .'\lso for heroism
three boys have the Council award. It appears, from the records, that the
training these boys have received has been well applied and that our motto
"Be Prepared" has been ever before the troop as a whole and may it al-
ways be, together with the Scout oath and Scout laws, a guide to every boy
who enters our troop to greater things in the future.
The Church Choir
The Choir is one of the most important departments of the (work of
the) Church. This Church has always had a volunteer choir and organist
with many loyal members whose faithfulness and cooperation have rendered
a great service through the years.
The present vested choir has determined with renewed interest and
zeal to add more to the worship service of the Church than ever before.
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:erian Church Roll
tober 27, 1937
Allison, J. F.
Allison, Mrs. J. F.
Davidson, Mrs. Hubert
Dorsett, Charles— X.R.
Dor.sett, Mrs. Charles- X.R.
.\rnette, John C.
Dunn, Mrs. Paul R.
Dunn, Margaret Marie
Dunn, James F'ranklin
Barber, George C.
Barber, Mrs. George C.
F^arwood, W. L.
Earwood, Mrs. W. L.
Evans, Mrs. J. F.— N.R.
Barber, Mrs. Banks
Barber, Mr?. William
Ellerbc, C M.
Ellerbe. Mrs. E. B.
Falls, Mrs. Shipp
Barber, \irginia Arlene
Barber, Sara G.
Barrett, iVIrs. Theodore
Beattv, Mrs. J. G.— X.R.
Belk, H. Y.
Benson, E. V.— N.R.
Benson.Mrs. E.V.— X.R.
Benson, W. E.— X.R.
Benson, Lois Wilson — X.R.
Bentlev, Minnie Emma
Falls, Mrs. Coman
Fields, William Earle— N.R.
Fields, Mrs. William Earle— X.R.
Finley, E. E.— X.R.
F'inley, F'urman — X.R.
Frazier, Mrs. George
Fulkcrson, W. J.
Gamble, J. X.
Gamble, Mrs. J. X.
Gamble, Charles J.
Bernhardt, Mrs. A. T.— X.R.
Birch, William— N.R.
Blackmer, H. S.
Blackmer, Mrs.H. S.
Gault, C J.
Gillespie, Booth— X.R.
Gillespie, Mrs. Booth— X.R.
Godfrey, Howard Rowland
Blanton, Mrs. C D.
Blackwell, Mr?. Ernest— X.R.
Boozer, Fred— X.R.
Boozer, Mrs. Fred— X.R.
Burrage, Mrs. Xettie Jenkins —
Campbell, E. L.
Campbell, Charles B., Jr.
Campbell, Eddie Gordon
Cansler. .Anthony — X.R.
Christenbury, Edward S. — X.R
Christenbury, Mrs. Edward S.-
Clinton, Carl Creedmore
Colev, Mrs. William C— X.R.
Cook, Mrs. George A.— X.R.
Curley, Mrs. Patrick— X.R.
Davis, Mrs. George
Davidson, John T.
Davidson, Mrs. John T.
Davidson, Mrs. Carl
Golorth, C. P.
Goforth.Mrs. C P.
Goforth, Mrs. Hall
X.R. Goforth, Mrs. R. D.
Goforth, H. A.
Goforth, Mrs. H. A.
Hardin, Mrs. CD.
Harrill, Mrs. E. A.
-X.R. Hav, Mrs. Arthur
Hendricks, Leon H.
Hood, Mrs. J. S.
Houser.Mrs. D. H.
Houser, Mrs. Curtis
Houser, Mrs. James
Houscr, Lloyd— N.R.
Houston, Mr5.H. H.
Howard, Mrs. A. A.— N.R.
Hullcnder, Mrs. J. A.
Hunnicutt. Mrs. Harold
Jackson, Howard B.
Jackson, Mrs. Howard B.
Jackson, T. W.
Jackson, Mrs. T.W.
Jenkins, Mrs. Alice B.
Jenkins, Mrs. Flo> d
Jenkins, Miss Mu.sottc
Jenkins, Catherine Jcanettc
Jenkins, E. L.
Jenkins, Mrs. E. L.
Jones, Mrs. Henry
Jones, Vestal — N.R.
La Gronc.T. E.— N.R.
La Cirone, Mrs. T. E.— N.R.
Lail, Mrs. Martha
Layton, Mrs. James
Libr.ind, Mr. Amie
Li^on, Mar\- Frances
LiRon, Susie Clyde
Lindsay, Mrs. Cl\de
Lockman, R. D.
Loftin, Mrs. W. E.
Lowrv, Mrs. S. A.
McGuinn,Mrs. A.L.— N.R.
McCarter, Mrs. Grady
McCurkle, Homaselle — N.R.
Martin, Fred— N.R.
Martin, Mrs. Fred — N.R.
Martin, Thomas J.
ALirtin, Thelma Etta
Mauney, Mrs. Paul
Mauney, Alice Betty
Medlin, Mary Roberts
Metcalf, Mrs. J. E.
Miller, R. D.
Miller,Mrs. R. D.
Miller, George— N.R.
Mimms, Mrs. Florence
Moore, A. L. — N.R.
Moore, Mrs. A. L. — N.R.
Moss, Mrs. H. N.
Moss, Mrs. George
Moss, Mrs. Lottie
Moss, Charles H.
Moss, Mrs. Charles H.
Moss, Charles H., Jr.
Moss, Mrs. Broadus
Morris, Mrs. Ethel
Murray, E. S.— N.R.
Mvers, O. VV.
Myers, Mrs. O. W.
Neisler, Mrs. C. E.
Neisler, C. E., Jr.
Neisler, Charles Eugene HI
Neisler, Mrs. P. M.
Neisler, Paul M., Jr.
Neisler, Henry Parks
Neisler, Charles .Andrew
Neisler, Joseph A.
Neisler, Mrs. Joseph A.
Neisler, Betty Lee
Neisler, Hunter R.
Neisler, Mrs. Hunter R.
Nickels, Mrs. J. C.
Nickels. James Calvin
Norris, Miss .'Xgnes
Gates, \V. C.
Ormand, B. M.
Ormand, Sara Kate
Ormand, Mrs. Walter
C)rmand, .^nnie Laurie
Ormand, B. F.
Ormanfl, Mrs. B. F.
Osborne, Mrs. George
Osborne. William F.
Osborne, Mrs. William ¥.
Osment, Mrs. J. E.
Page, Harry E.
Page, Mrs. Harry E.
Parrish, Mrs. Lee
Parrish, Mrs. W.W.
Parsons, L. C.
Parsons, Mrs. L. C.
Patrick, Mrs. P. D.
Patterson, Mrs. Beverly
Plunk, Miss Jctte
Plonk, Mrs. R.G.
Plonk, R.G, Jr.
Porter, Julian — N.R.
Porter, M. B.- N.R.
Ramscur, H. L.
Ramseur, Dr. William Lee
Ramscur, Mrs. Fleming
Randall, Mrs. .Alec
Rawles, Mrs. Vera
Rawles, Wood, Jr.
Rhea, Mrs. G. .\.
Rhea, Wilma Lee
Roberts, F. C.
Roberts, Miss Annie
Robinson, Howard — N.R.
Roystcr, A. M.
Ruddock, William 0.
Sherer, T. G.— N.R.
Sherer, Ned — N.R.
Short, George Webb
Smith, E. A. Jr.
Smith, Mrs. E. A., Jr.
Smith, Edward Henry
Smith, Miss Margaret
Smith, Harry Neil
Springs, Mrs. Joe — N.R.
Stowe, Charles F.
Stowq, Logan P.
Stowe, Mrs. Logan P.
Starnes, Ella Lee
Suber, Mrs. S. R.
Summitt, H. L.
Summitt, Mrs. H. L.
Summitt, .Annie Laura
Summitt, Sara Henry
Thomas, Ralph P.
Thomas, Mrs. Ralph P.
Thomas, Betty Mae
Thomasson, J. B.
Thomasson, Charles F.
Thomasson, Mrs. Charles F.
Thomasson, Charles F., Jr.
Thomasson, George Butler
Thomson, J. H.
Thomson, Mrs. J. H.
Thomson, William B.
Thomson, Mrs. William B.
Ware, Miss Carlyle
Ware, Mrs. Boyce
Ware, Helen Margaret
Ware, Clvde— N.R.
Ware, Hill— N.R.
Ware.Mrs. Hill— N.R.
Ware, Hugh— N.R.
Webb, R. H.
Webb, Mrs. R. H.
Weir, Mrs. W. T.
Weir, Mrs. S. S., Jr.
Whitesides, Miss Marie
Whitesides, Major — N.R.
Weaver, Mrs. Vestus — N.R.
Williams, Martha Louise — N.R.
Williams, .Annie Mae — N.R.
Wilson, Mrs. Seth
Wilson, Sara Fav
Wilson.Mrs. H. D.
Wimbish, Elizabeth— N.R.
Womack, George 1.
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Inscription on Memorial Tablet
Memorial In Memory of
ThR-c Chancel Windows Charles Eugene Xeisler, Sr.
Mrs. C. E. Xeisler
Rtv. Isaac Stuart McElro\ , D.D.
Rev. Richard C. Wilson
Two Side Windows M_\rtle Balder Xeisler
C. E. Xeisler, Jr.
Two Side Windows Hugh Xeisler
The Xeisler F'amily
Two Side Windows Hush Parks Allison
Kate Dixon Allison
On,' Side Window Roljert Barlier
Sons and Daughters
One Side Window Wallace Thoni[)son Jackson
One Side Window Susan Ormand Ramseur
FL E. Ramseur
John White Ramseur
r« o Side Windows OliM-r (ireen Falls, Sr.
Mrs. Katie Falls Frazier
01i\er Cireen Falls, Jr.
One Sirle Window -M i'- Helen Ha\'
One Side Window Janii-- William Hroun
Mr-. H.i\ ne Blackmer
Margaret HIair IJrow n
One Siiie Wiiidow Martha l-ahelle Ware
Mi,-jCarl\le Ware and
Miss Jctte Plonk
One Window Airs. .\n/ie Fadoni.i Jenkins
One Window Leonard Lawrence I\irri-h
'Tlu' Parri^h Famil\'
Baptismal Fount Joan Nei-ler
Mr. aiifi Mrs. J. A. Xeisler
Pulpit and Chancel Charles FAigcne Xeisler, Sr.
Chancel Cross Mr^. Harr\ E. I
Hammond Organ Mr. and Mrs. H
Chimes Mr and Mrs. P.
Corner Stone iVIrs. .Artie Sube
KlNCiS MOLINTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
Faces From the Past
"Let your liglii so shine before men, thai they may see your good
works, and glority your Father uhicli is in hea\en."
APRIL the EIGHTH
NINFTFLN HUNDRED and LK.HTY-FOUR
Mrs. Hay was one ol I lie true pioneers ol ihe
eliureli during its very first years. Slie joined wlien it
was weak and struggling and lived to see it grow
strong and vigorous. Both lier son, Arthur, and
granddaughter. Helen, were litelong nieinhers eit the
Hugh Parks Allison
Despite the tact that he was paralyzed from the
waist down and could only get about on crutches,
Mr. AlHson served as Elder and Clerk of the Session
for many years around the turn of this century. This
most active member rarely missed a church
function or service.
Harvey Lee Ramseur
Mr. Ramseur was not only an Elder in the church
for most of his adult life, he used his splendid talents
to design and build the old church sanctuary which
stood on the corner of Mountain Street and
Piedmont Avenue (the year was 1906).
John C. Mason, Sr.
A man of great loyally and de\otion, Mr. Mason
became an Elder in the church during the early
nineteen-twenties and was among those who helped
lead our congregation through one of its most
mt iti m i mm tT n i jim n^Tl
Charles F. Thomasson
Throughout the life of our church we have been
blessed with many strong and faithful members like
Charles Thomasson. Mr. Thomasson not only
served the church for many years as a Deacon, he
was Sunday School Superintendent from 1931 to
Kathryn M. Neisler
Mrs. Neisler has spent her entire life as a member
of the church. She grew up in it as a young girl and
later served as Choir Director for over thirty years
until her retirement in 1948.
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Rev. J.K. Hall Gives Reflection of
Kings Mountain Church
(The following article appeared in The Shelby Daily Star on January 26,
The Kings Mountain Presbyterian Church was organized by a commission of
Mecklenburg on April 5, 1884. Grover Cleveland had just been elected President of
the United States for the first time. Victoria was still Queen of England. The textile
industry in the Piedmont Carolinas was still in its infancy. A few visionaries were
dreaming of the horseless carriage. Roads were of the red variety and in winter were
knee-deep in mud. Travel was slow and difficult. The Civil War was only 19 years
in the past and the country had yet to recover from the utter financial prostration
caused by the frightful civil strife. The organizers of the Kings Mountain
Presbyterian Church had not escaped. They, like all others, were poor but full of
faith and courage. Their faith and courage is seen in that 18 men and women
undertook to organize and support a church in those trying times. Such faith and
courage should never be forgotten.
NAMES OF ORGANIZERS
The names of these courageous men and women are as follows: W.I. Stowe, Mrs.
W.I. Stowe, Thomas Stowe, Dr. T.J. Walker, Mrs. M.E. Houser, Dr. T.T. Hay,
Miss Ella Hay, Miss Rosetta Hay, Louis Hay, Mrs. Louis Hay, Richard T. Cansler,
Mrs. Richard T. Cansler, Mrs. A. P. Asbury, Miss M.M. Asbury, Mrs. Carrie Black,
Mrs. M.J. Dellinger, Miss Addie Smith, Miss E. Asbury.
Nineteen Elders and 25 Deacons have served the church. Time limits forbid even
the inclusion of all their names. They have always been, and still are a fine body of
men, faithfully performing the important duties devolving upon them. I shall say
nothing of the living; their lives and deep speak for themselves. However, 1 wish to
say a word about two who have gone home. 1 wish to speak of Mr. H.P. Allison for
his pluck and faithfulness of his church. Paralyzed from his waist down, he sought
no pity nor asked any favor. He refu.sed to let his handicap keep him for doing a full
man's work in the world. He was Clerk of the Session and regular in his attendance
upon all services of the sanctuary. After 43 years I can still see him as he entered
the old frame church made possible by the marvelous skill he had acquired in use of
crutches. You have already guessed the second name. If I were to ask you what one
individual, preacher, officer, or private member has done the most for the
advancement of the church, all would say Mr. Charles E. Neisler. Mr. Neisler was
essence of simplicity and modesty. I remember very well the speech he made at the
dedication of the Lutheran Sunday School Building: "This should not be your goal
but the starting point of greater things for Christ." He put his heart, his money, his
prayers, and his splendid talents in building up this church.
And what shall I say of the great body of private members? They get little credit
yet among them are unsung heroes. A general can not gain victories without
soldiers in the ranks. A church can not ao far without a bodv of faithful members.
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Our Next Fifty Years
"And the hand of the Lord was with th'^m: and a great number
believed and turned unto the Lord."
APRIL the EIGHTH
NINETEEN HUNDRED and EIGHTY-FOUR
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Reverend Paul D. Patrick
Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of
Kings Mountain from nineteen thirty-seven to
The Patrick Ministry
Once in the new building, the congregation, under the dedicated leadership of the
Reverend P.D. Patrick, began an era of expansion.
They joined with other denominations in observing days of special services,
intensive Bible Study under leaders such as Miss Janet Robinson; World Day of
Prayer; supplied leadership in the united effort to add Bible to the school
curriculum (a service continued through 1977 and resumed in 1982), in holding
Temperance meetings and later in successfully opposing for several years the sale of
beer and wine in the town.
For a time, the Session granted the use of the old church building to the Boy
Scouts, Troop No. 1, under Scoutmaster Carl Davidson, who had received the
Beaver Award from the Council of Boy Scouts. The property was then rented for
commercial use and the income placed in a fund for a Scout building. In 1947, the
lot and building were sold to Kings Mountain Furniture Company for $12,150.00
and the money placed in a Building Fund.
Presbytery met in the church April 12-15, 1938, and enjoyed the hospitality of
the Woman's Auxiliary.
The young people were active in the church in many ways. After a supervisor of
Religious Education for Kings Mountain Presbytery graded the Sunday School and
added a number of teachers. Miss Marion Murphy (now Mrs. Luther Cansler) for a
year assisted with the Sunday School and the two weeks of Daily Vacation Bible
School for a salary of $75.00 a month.
In 1938, the Fellowship Department made palm crosses to pin on the
worshippers on Palm Simday, a joyous service that has continued to the present.
Over the years the members have made crosses for Dixon Church, Trinity
Episcopal Church and the local hospital.
The following year the group, aided by two of the Elders, presented the church
with a mimeograph machine, making possible the publishing of the weekly church
Bulletin, w hich the Session recommended be used only as a church calendar.
The Session appointed an Executive Committee on Religious Education: the
church sent two youths to the Presbyterian Conference each year and three to the
Leadership Conference at Red Springs.
The organization of Girl Scouts in 1948 under the sponsorship of the Woman's
Bible Class provided needed activity for girls.
The payment of $1 ,750.00 toward purchasing a campsite at Bear Wallow for the
youth of the Presbytery resulted in a large number of local young people,
chaperoned by dedicated adult ineinbers, benefitting from the training and pleasure
Benevolent gifts doubled the amount given in 1938.
From 1940^9, the following ministerial students helped with church activities
during the three summer months: Ned Iverson, Charles Bixler, Betty Patrick, Jack
Bogie, Albert Wells and Wade Anderson.
Few members have been as active and dedicated
to the church as Car! Davidson was. The list of his
services is long and varied: he served many years as
a Deacon, was the first president of our Young
People, and was tireless in his efforts as Scoutmaster
of Boy Scout Troop No. I , the first troop organized
in Kings Mountain. The church was deeply
saddened bv his traaic death in 1945.
After Dr. Patrick had stir\eye(J the Dixon School Communit\ to determine the
interest in a weekly community ser\ice. the church began holding Sunday
at'ternoon ser\ ices at the school.
On April 13, 1941, at Dixon School u ith Dr. Patrick and Elders C.E. Neisler. .Ir.
and .I.H. Thomson officiating, the first con\ crt was recei\ ed into ftill communion in
the First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. .Additional people joined; the
grotip started a building fund to which the sponsoring church contributed. In
December, 1943, 'hey purchased an acre of land near the Dixon School on uhicli to
erect a church. In 1951, they purchased additional footage.
On .lanuary 6, 1944, the Kings Mountain Church dismissed twenty-seven
members to organize an outpost: Dixon Presbyterian Church. On December 4,
1949, the church was dedicated: on .lune 24, 1950, the congregation held the first
At inters als Dr. Patrick conducted services at the Margrace Mill CItibhouse. As
interest increased, in 1945, the Session asked Miss Sara Little, Representative of
Synod's Extension work, to sur\ey the Margrace and the Park \arn Mill \ illages
to determine the interest in establishing a Stmday School. In 1945, fifty people
attended the first service of a Sunday School conducted with teachers and
musicians from the First Church of Kings Mountain. W hen the Stmday School
closed a few years later, the church liired a cit\ bus to transport people to ser\ ices in
In November, 1941, the Session appointed O.C. O'Farrell, P.O. Padgett and
Hayne Blackmer as a Soldiers' Service Committee to aid the young men in the
congregation called to serve in World War II.
Three members: Grady Cansler, James G. Darracott, Jr., and James C. Nickels
III gave their lives for their country.
Ensign James C. Nickels III, a Na\al .Air Force fighter pilot, while stationed at
Quanseet Point, Rhode Island, was killed in a mid-air collision over Marion,
Massachusetts, on May 13, 1946, his birthday. Each year since the tragedy, his
friend and fellow pilot. Ensign Grady E. Jensen of Scarsdale, New York, has
recognized the anniversary of James's death by placing memorial flowers in this
church on the Sunday nearest May 13.
Cicero Falls was taken prisoner by the Germans in North Africa on February 14,
1943, and held until the Russians liberated the captives in 1944. He then tbund his
way to the camp for returning prisoners of war located near Marseilles, France.
In 1943, the Session voted to place in the care of the Clerk of the Session the
Student Loan Fund. Later it was given to the Pastor to dispense, his decision being
subject to the approval of the donor.
On January 12, 1947, a fire in the second fioor of the church did much damage.
The same day the .Session appointed a committee to direct the repairing of the
church: Deacon Paul Mauney, Chairman; Elders J.H. Thomson and W .L.
Ramseur; Deacon H.R. Neisler; Mrs. Ida Neisler and Mrs. Marie Myers, Woman's
Auxiliary; E.A. Harrill, congregation.
On January 19, the congregation worshipped in the Woman's Club, thereafter in
the Central School for Sunday School and church, and the Young People met in
"Mr. Joe" (as he was affectionately called) served
as Elder and Clerk of The Session for an amazing
span of forty 4 wo years. In addition, he devoted a
good deal of his time to the Barium Springs Or-
phanage, where he served as a member of the Board
of Regents for many years.
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private homes until April, when repairs were completed. A debt of $2,694.14, not
covered by insurance, was due to buying a more expensi\e carpet than the original
The congregation adopted the rotary system for Deacons.
In August, 1948, James Moss requested the Session to present his name before
Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry.
After many years of inspiring, dedicated service, Mrs. P.M. Neisler tendered her
resignation as choir director.
In October, the Session applied for the admission of Phillip and Charles Greene
to Barium Springs Orphanage, which in 1946, had elected J.H. Thomson to the
Board of Regents.
During the years, outstanding religious leaders, as Dr. Darby Fulton, Dr.
Pressley Morgan and the Reverend J.M. AUerdyce held special services annually.
The various causes of the church and the religious projects ot the community
In 1949, Dr. Patrick was elected Moderator of the One Hundred and Thirty-
Sixth Stated Session of the Synod of North Carolina.
On November 6, 1962, he was the first recipieni of the Distinguished Alumnus
Award given by Columbia Theological Seminary; nnd on May 31, 1964, Davidson
College, his Alma Mater, which for thirty-three years he had served as Trustee,
conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
On June 12, 1949, the congregation voted to build a new manse and a Scout-
Recreation Building with separate committees; Manse - C.E. Neisler, Jr., church
treasurer P.M. Neisler, Paul Mauney and Mrs. Charlene Padgett; Scout-Recreation
Building - P.M. Neisler, H.E. Page, E.A. Harrill, J.B. Thomasson, W'.L. Ramseur,
W.B. Thomson, M.B. Moss and Mrs. Nell Thomson.
On January 15, 1950, the congregation approved the plans and miniature models
of both buildings, as well as the estimated cost of $25,000.00 for the manse and
$20,000.00 for the Scout-Recreation Building, and appointed the Board of Deacons
as Finance Committee to raise the balance of the funds needed.
In 1952, friends donated a piano to the Recreation Building, which has been used
by many groups: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Young People for regular meetings
and for social gatherings, including folk dancing, by \'arious adult groups for study
The Scouting program continued. A Cub Scout Troop was formed; Harold
Richard Hunnicutt, Jr. received the God and Country Award in 1952; Noel
Webster received it in 1958; Larry Patrick in 1964.
The Fellowship Hall has been used by many civic clubs, by Men of the
Presbytery in 1953 and, in 1951, was designated a possible shelter for civilians in
case of an emergency.
In 1952, the Catawba Nursery landscaped the church property and installed a
new drainage system.
The same year the Religious Education Committee introduced the rotar\ plan
for Sunday School officers and teachers.
The congregation assumed one-third of the salaries of the Reverend and Mrs.
Tommy Brown, missionaries to Korea, and in 1954 increased the amount to one-
In 1952, the Session appointed R.H. Webb a representative to the County
Commission for Mission Workers and elected Miss Cornelia Dick to succeed Miss
Lillian Barber, who had ser\ed in 1950-51 as Religious Education Director.
Beginning March 29, 1953, the morning service was broadcast at regular
intervals over WKMT Radio's Service to the Community Plan. From 1962-1981,
when the service ended, the church assumed the full cost of the broadcasts.
From 1951-52, the church contributed the quota of $3,000.00 to the
Presbyterian Negro Work Campaign and two years later spent $100.00 from the
county fund for Negro churches.
In July, 1953, the Session increased the salary of organist Franklin Pethel in
order to have him assume some of the duties of the Director of Religious
Since his resignation in 1954, the following have served in the combined
capacity: Thomas Eanes, 1955; Carolyn Robinson, 1956; Mrs. Julia Lee Ribett
Rogers, 1957-58; Shirley Falls, 1958 - . The last selection is still bringing melody
and joy to the entire congregation as Shirley Falls Austin.
The officers helped make arrangements for four Waters children of the
congregation to enter Barium Springs Orphanage.
In 1954, the Reverend James Moss was approved both by the local Session and
the Board of World Missions for service in foreign fields. He and Mrs. Moss were
stationed in Ceres, Coca, Brazil, where he was Pastor of the Wiuana Evangelistic
He preached the Gospel and taught health until, in 1963, they returned to the
United States to ser\'e pastorates in the Carolinas.
In August, 1955, Mrs. S.A. Lowry entered the Presbyterian Home for the Aged
at High Point, where she spent happy years.
The two adult Bible Classes welcomed Dr. Lawrence Bottoms, a dedicated Negro
preacher, as a guest speaker on the second Sunday in .April.
Dr. Patrick at times exchanged pulpits with other ministers and held evangelistic
services in other churches. As chairman of Synod's Executive Committee, he was
influential in establishing three new churches and in inspiring fourteen others to
erect new buildings, manses or Educational Buildings.
In 1956, the church cooperated in making a religious census of the town,
approved the Consolidated Presbyterian College Campaign, made needed repairs in
the kitchen and painted the room prior to the meeting of Presbytery in the church
The Session voted to discontinue Sunday night services.
Grieved and shocked by the death of Ranny Arnette on May 19, 1956, in Korea,
in a collision between the jeep he was driving and one driven by another soldier, the
officers approved the request of the Young People to establish a Scholarship Fund
in his memory and appointed a committee chaired by C.A. Neisler to administer it.
This was combined with a second Scholarship Fund established in 1960 in
memory of James Frank Cranford, Jr., aged 17, killed June 1, in a car wreck on the
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night of the High School Commencement.
Seven young people borrowed money from the Ranny Arnette-Jimmy
Cranford Scholarship Fund for college expenses, two of whom later earned
doctorate degrees. In 1979, the Session changed the Scholarship to a Grant to be
given annually to one or more young people.
In 1957, the Session, by agreeing to pay personally any deficit, made possible the
placing of the Presbyterian Survey in every home. In November, 1974, the vote
was rescinded in favor of sending the publication to church officers only.
Beginning March 1, 1958, the congregation contributed over a period of three
years, $1,000.00 to rebuilding the church at Chapel Hill, destroyed by fire.
On June 18, 1958, Dr. Patrick, after twenty-three years of service, resigned to
begin work with Columbia Theological Seminary on September 1 and requested a
congregational meeting June 29 to take action on his decision.
Dr. Paul K. Ausley
Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of
Kings Mountain from nineteen fifty-eight to
The Ausley Ministry
Elected July 6, 1958, as a Pastor Nominating Committee were P.O. Padgett,
Mrs. W.T. (Josephine) Weir, Mrs. W.A. (Christine) Ramseur, H.R. Neisler and
The Session appointed both Elder P.O. Padgett moderator pro tern and a
committee to plan Prayer Meeting Services. They designated a Pulpit Supply
Committee and secured a worker to help with the Pioneers and with publishing the
On September 28, the congregation voted unanimously to call Dr. Paul K.
Ausley to serve this church and set November 30, 1958, as the date for his
Dr. Ausley conducted the first Christmas candlelight communion service at
1 1:00 p.m. December 24. Originally planned especially for the young people, this
service has become a worship experience for the entire church.
The congregation air-conditioned the entire building in 1959.
To reach the church goal of $10,000.00 for benevolences, the members adopted a
thirteen weeks tithing program.
Alcoholics Anonymous received permission to use the Fellowship Hall for the
weekly Friday night meetings.
The Session and Diaconate approved the sending of quarterly statements by the
church treasurer, assisted by the church secretary, to every member who had made
During the period of tension caused by the civil rights movement, the Session, in
1960, instructed the ushers to refuse admission to any NA.ACP delegation that
appeared at our Sunday service with the intent of disrupting our worship. In 1964,
the Elders instructed the ushers to seat in the front pews of the church any such
delegations. No such group sought entrance.
The District Stewardship Rally met in the church September 27, 1960.
Since 1958 the church has participated in the support of St. .Andrews
Presbyterian College, Union Theological Seminary, Queens, Davidson and other
causes endorsed by Presbytery; in the local Ministerial Association's assistance to
the needy program; in the "K 73" crusade and in supplying partial support to six
Mrs. Cal Fisher directed the work of the Young People in 1962-1965; ministerial
student Chalmers Hope served during the summer of 1965; V\'illiam .Alexander,
Bible teacher in the public schools succeeded him; Paul Rollins accepted the work
for the summer of 1969.
The church instituted the giving of a Holy Bible to each member of the Sunday
School upon his graduation from high school.
Serving Kings Mountain Presbytery by supplying leadership in several different
categories aave the church satisfaction.
Batie Meek Ormand and Dr. Ausley
Batie Meek Ormand's 101st Birthdav
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Elder Luther Cansler served as Central Treasurer 1963-1965, during which year
the Presbytery office was located in this building, and Mrs. J.D. (Arlene) Barrett
keptHhe records. The desk provided them by Presbytery is in use today in the office
of the Sunday School Superintendent.
From 1964-1970 Mrs. Paul (Lillian) Mauney served as Trustee of the
Presbyterian Home for the Aged in High Point.
After serving a term as Synodical Historian, Mrs. CD. (Libby) Blanton, Jr.
became president of the Women of the Presbytery in 1966.
Eider P.O. Padgett moderated the 165th Stated meeting of Presbytery in 1964,
and in 1965 Dr. Paul K. Ausley moderated the 170th Stated meeting.
Dr. Ausley served as president of the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association in
1960, chairm.an of Cleveland County Committee on Human Relations in 1965,
represented Presbytery at the General Assembly in 1966, served on the General
Assembly in 1966, served on the Board of Advisors of the trustees of St. Andrews
College in 1967 and became chairman of the Commission on the Minister and His
Work in the Presbytery.
Jon Stoterau, a marine fighting in Vietnam, was wounded in both arms, but
recovered after a leave at home and was assigned to the post in Hawaii to complete
his term of enlistment.
The death of Azariah Mitchem, the loyal custodian who had received a pin and
many bars for perfect Sunday School attendance at this church, saddened the
members in 1965.
The Women of the Church sent in succession to the International Church
Conference for Black Women held in Winston-Salem three members of Good Hope
Presbyterian Church, making it possible for each to receive a certificate of training.
In 1967 they contributed $20.00 to pay the registration fee for a woman from
another locality as no local person wished to attend the conference.
In the 70's the ladies established at Compact School a clothes closet with
emphasis on children's wear.
After serving fourteen years as Boy Scout Troop leader, H.R. McKelvie resigned
in 1972, bringing to an end that activity in the church.
The Girl Scout troops continued in the Brownie, Junior and Cadette divisions. In
1960 Mrs. H.E. (Grace) Page and Mrs. J.F. (Nell) Cranford received pins for ten
years of continued services as Brownie Scout Leaders.
A joyous event on March 18, 1969, was the celebration of the hundredth
birthday of Elder Emeritus Batie Meek Ormand, who held a remarkable record of
twenty-three years of perfect attendance at Sunday School, twenty-three years of
service as Elder, twenty-seven years of perfect attendance at Kiwanis Club - all
attained after his retirement. Dignitaries from the Southern Railway, United States
and North Carolina Senators and Congressmen of the Democratic Party and
representatives from the Masonic Lodge joined the family and the congregation at
the covered dish luncheon following the service.
The congregation gave the church four handsome engraved brass collection
plates in his honor.
At the first meeting of the Presbytery of Concord, January 1 1, 1972, Elder H.L.
Campbell represented the church. The Session, on January 14, 1973, recommended
Edith Hambrighl to the care and supervision of the committee on Candidates for
After studying at Boston and Harvard Universities she interned as counsellor in a
hospital near Boston. Currently she is a therapist at United Health Center, State of
On November 4, 1973, after serving as Clerk of the Session for 42'/: years. Elder
J.H. Thomson, for reasons of health, asked the Session to replace him.
Elder R.H. Webb, his successor, continued in office until the church adopted the
rotary system for Elders in 1974.
At a congregational meeting on December 30, 1973, Dr. Ausley tendered his
resignation, effective June 30, 1974, because of health problems.
Two weeks later the congregation elected the following Pastor Notninating
Committee: Paul Mauney, chairman; H.P. Neisler, vice-chairman; Mrs. H.H.
(Diane) Harper, Jr., secretary; W.R. Grissom, Mrs. C.A. (Mary) Neisler and
Douglas J. Sincox.
The Session, on June 9, elected Elder P.G. Padgett moderator pro tern and
appointed a Pulpit Supply Committee which secured the service of Reverend Stuart
Ritchie as Interim Pastor for three months.
On June 2, 1974 the congregation voted unanimously to call the Reverend Gary
L. Bryant as Pastor of the church, effective September, 1974.
Tlie Cluircli has been fortunate in liaving had two dedicated and taithful
secretaries from 1958-1984.
Mrs. Lavvson Brown served from September .1, 1958 until June 10, 1959.
During the interim time we were without a friUtime secretary, two youna Church
iiicmbcrs tilled this office. Miss Derise Weir, daughter of Mary and Sam Weir, and
Polly Page, daughter of Clrace and Harry Page.
On September 8, 1959, .Arlene S. Barrett was employed and has served in an eftl-
cienl manner tlirough all of these years. Not only does she do themyriads ol paper
work of the Church, but also does the financial records.
Arlene S. Barrett
Churcli Secretary from 1959 until present.
Rev. Gary L. Bryant
Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of
Kings Mountain from nineteen seventy-four to
The Bryant Ministry
Gary, as he was affectionately known to everyone, preached his first sermon on
September 15, 1974, and was installed November 3. On that date his daughter.
Elizabeth Ladd, was baptized b\ his father, the Reverend A.H. Bryant.
To implement the rotation system in the Session, the Elders drew lots to
determine which tour would compose the classes of 1974, "75 and "76 rcspccti\ ely.
The Women of the church provided two volunteers each Simday lo aid the
Nursery adviser. Mrs. B.W . (Clara) Rhea, who has served continuously from 1973,
except March-December, 1979. w hen Mrs. Lynn Hayes assumed the respoiisibiliiv .
The addition of the atlracti\c Tommv Clrissom Memorial Crib Nurserv in 1980
provided a greatly needed facility.
On October 20, 1974, the congregation elected Mrs. G.R. (.lean) Barber the llrst
woman Elder; the following Sunday the congregation elected Mrs. B.F. (.leanne)
Maner as the first woman Deacon. In .lanuary, 1981 , the Session chose Mrs. Barber
the tTrst Woman Clerk of the Session.
In 1975 the church published a pictorial church directory in black and white; in
1979 a second such publication was issued in color.
Each Sessional Committee was enlarged by the addition of representatives from
the Women of the Church and Youth, a plan continued until 1979, when each
committee consisted of two Elders and two Deacons. In 1980 the Session reduced
the number of standing committees to three: Property and Grounds, Stewardship,
and Christian Education, these to include half of the active officers. LIsing ihe other
officers, the Session appointed Task Forces.
The kitchen committee, since 1966, has sponsored and served many types of
meals at social gatherings; the Men of the Church ha\ e served Thanksgi\ing
breakfast to the congregation and on each Sunday preceding Christmas, the Men's
Bible Class has entertained the Eadies' Bible Class w iih eggnog and coffee, follow ed
b\ a joint class session.
In 1975 the minister enriched the Faster season w iih the untorgettable 1 enebrae
Ser\ ice on Good Friday.
The youth of the church raised money for summer camp and the following year
held a second car wash and later served a breakfast for a charge, to raise funds to
furnish a lounge in llie Recreation Bmlding.
From 1975-1981 the youth choir presented a musical in the Fellowship Hall as
the worship service for the congregation. In 1980-1981 the musicals were followed
by "Pig Pickings" prepared by older youth and \oung men of the church.
Other significant events in this period were: the Pastor moved his office from the
manse to the church, established the order of responsibility of the church staff;
provided job descriptions lor the two secretaries, the choir director, nursery
superv isor and outside ctisiodian; increased and allotted vacations and arranged to
send the secretaries (soon the work was coinbined under one) and the choir director
Dr. Phillip G. Padgett
Dr. Padgett will always be remembered as one of
the church's most enthusiastic members, a man who
always went out of his way to make a visitor feel
welcome. He faithfully served the church for over
twenty-five years as an Elder and was also very
active in the Kings Mountain Presbytery, which he
was Moderator of in 1964.
to workshops at Montreal; changed the taking of the colleetion to follow the
sermon as a response to the message; led a study of Proposed Book of
Confessions each Tuesday evening; held a training session for officers' \isitation.
after which he appointed each month a visitation committee composed of an Elder
and a Deacon; placed in the church office a file for each standing committee,
introduced the use of a Friendship Register and offered a course in Presbyterian
The community Thanksgiving Service was held in the church November 20.
In December the first Decemberfest, with a sharing tree decorated with warm
clothes for children at Grandfather Home, was enjoyed in the Recreation Building;
the lighting of the candles in the Advent Wreath by various families became a part
of the December worship services; a tree decorated with exquisite chrismons made
by the Women of the church was placed in the chapel.
The Reverend Bryant attended the workshop of continuing Education each year,
was Minister in charge of the Youth of the Presbytery of Concord at the World
Missions Conference in Montreat from 1975-1977; chairman of the Helping Hand
Fund of the local Ministerial Association for six years. He, with the assistance of
J.A. Cheshire, Jr., a member of the A.R.P. Church created the Food Bank in 1975
and brought about the present efficient organization with a paid helper to issue
supplies and keep records. He made a Ministerial Association Directory; expanded
the cooperation of the Presbyterian, Central United Methodist, St. Matthews and
Resurrection Lutheran Churches beyond the Daily Vacation Bible School to
include the Kings Mountain League Executive Council which sponsors church
sport teams, Fun Day held each spring and various trips for the Youth.
The church officers bought a group activities accident policy to cover church
athletic teams and other related activities.
On December 22, 1975, a committee compo.sed of F.J. Sincox, chairman, Mrs.
P.G. (Charlene) Padgett, Mrs. J.A. (Marlene) Neisler, Jr., G.L. Hatch and B.F.
Maner, welcomed a refugee Laotian family, Khamphone Sonvichit, his wife and
adopted son Sompheth under the sponsorship of the church. The congregation
supplied all their needs, including job placement and, a few months later, a
downpayment on a house and lot.
Two relatives joined them; many fellow countrymen came to Kings Mountain
under Khamphone's sponsorship and received limited help and guidance from this
church. For nine months in 1979-1980, in the Recreation Building, Khamphone
taught a Sunday School Class in Laotian, and for several years, under the auspices
of Cleveland Technical College, taught English to his fellow countrymen.
In May, 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Sonvichit and Sompheth received the Sacrament of
Our new citizens have used this church frequently. The Laotians in the Carolinas
celebrated the Laotian New Year in the Fellowship Hall in 1979.
Two couples, Hiehskeo Sinnorai and Bouavanh Hirnpaphak on November 29,
1980, and Commey Pengsanat and Thougkham Oulay on November 29, 1982,
were married in the sanctuary. Following the christian service both couples held the
Shirley E. Austin
Since 1958, the church has been blessed by ihe
inspired choir direction of Mrs. Shirley Falls Austin.
She has now served under three difterent pastors
and has done so much to make the choir a beautiful
part of our worship service.
Laotian ceremony in llic 1 clkiuship Hall and eniertalned Laotian and American
guests at a weddini; least.
Mrs. George (.lennie) Hatch began publishing the Scroll, a monllih church
newsletter in 1976. This was later published monthly by other members and is now
under the knowledgeable gtiidancc of Mr. Randy Patterson.
The plan of electing a Clerk of the Session for one year, that person being eligible
for re-election, was adopted b\ the Elders.
To celebrate the Country's Bi-Centennial on July 4, 1976, the church held a
special service, using old hymns, p.salms and scripture as were used two hundred
years ago and a regular communion service, followed by a co\ered dish luncheon.
Between service and lunch the congregation lined up across the block of East King
Street in front of the church, holding hands and singing patriotic songs in
conjunction with other congregations who were placed so as to make a continuous
chain of singers until a signal ended the project.
A highlight of 1976 was the purchase of a second hand school bus to be
converted into an activities bus. It was in constant use by the church and groups in
the community, for which no charge was made, until 1979, when it was sold.
From 1977-1981, the church participated in [hf Ministerial Intern Program of
Union Theological Seminary. Chosen each year by the Pastor and a committee
representing the church groups, David H. Smith, Pamela Lee Daniel, Da\ id Lee
and Stephen A. Hundley (accompanied by his wife Elaine) contributed in
innumerable ways to the work and worship of the church.
Beginning in 1976, the Christian Nurture Committee canvassed the congregation
on interest in certain courses ttial lasted se\ eral weeks. .Among these were Ciroiip
Guitar lessons, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, .Art, Auto Mechanics, Home
Health Care and Problems in Lixing. Money Management, which was laughi by
Cleveland Teclinical College. Bible study classes for adults and youth were taught
by the Pastor.
A revision of the church roll in 1977 showed tfie adult membership to be 259.
Added to the list of memorials and gitfs, often anonymous, o\er the years were: a
new organ, cushions for the pews and for the chairs in the Ladies Bible classroom;
brass candelabra, \ases and urn: a silver chalice; outside lights for the walkways, a
Bible for the pulpit; new church and L'nited Slates flags for the chapel: a church
pall; new hymnals; an IBM typewriter and shrubs for the grounds, and a handmade
From 1977-1981 the church ranked second in the Presbytery in per capita gi\ ing
to benevolences, in 1982 the rank was third.
In 1973 a gift from the Nell Cranford Estate was earmarked for the Church
Tfie Elders established an audit committee composed of the church treasurer,
two Elders and two Deacons who are serving on the Budget and Stewardship
Committee, and. in 1979, adopted a iniit'ied budget.
Mr. Shipp Falls celebrated his ninety-first birthday on April 6, 1977, with a party
gi\en between Sunday School and Churcfi by the Women of the Church. In fiis
honor the Men of the Church placed in the Men's Bible classroom a lectern bearing
an engraved marker.
The Pastor participated in the Pulpit Exchange Plan of the Ministerial
Members benefitted by hearing reports from Missionaries on furlough; Dr. and
Mrs. K.H. McGill, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Goethe, Mrs. Peggy Rambo. Dr. Mattie
Hart also presented a program on her work. Special services led by Dr. Ludwig
Dewitz and Dr. J.W. Ormand, Professors of Biblical Exposition at Columbia
Theological Seminary, prepared the congregation for the Lenten Season.
In observance of the Fortieth Anniversary of the church building, on December
4, 1979, the congregation used a Bulletin bearing a colored reproduction of the
Seal of PCUS on the front and an interpretation of the seal on the back. An insert
was a mimeographed booklet recording treasured memories of the construction
The November issue of the Scroll carried a statement of the anniversary and an
explanation of the medallions in the stained glass window over the altar.
Following a theft from the church of two guitars, stereos, and cash, totaling
$790.00, all equipment was placed in a room with a deadbolt lock on the door and
all office doors were locked at night.
The church received in 1979 a bequest of approximately $80,000.00 from the
Estate of Mrs. Mary Allison Williams, a former member who had grown up in the
church. In January, 1981, the Session donated to Covenant Village, Inc.
$20,000.00 from this gift as a recognition of the donor's desire for the construction
of a home for the elderly.
Using the remainder of the bequest, the Task Force for the '80's, chaired by Elder
B.F. Maner, and the Property and Grounds Committee, chaired by Elder Jeanne
Maner, enlarged and implemented plans previously made by the Long Range
Planning Committee chaired by Elder F.J. Sincox and the Property and Grounds
Committee, chaired by Deacon J. A. Cheshire 111. The project resulted in
renovating the three buildings and in remodeling the church. This change included
the rearrangement and utilization of office space as dictated by energy saving
A new structure of the Youth Fellowship was adopted in 1980: Senior
Fellowship (Grades 9-12); Pioneer Fellowship (Grades 7-9), Junior Fellowship
For forty-four straight years Mr. Goforth has
never missed a Sunday without attending a Sunday
School class (an amazing string of over 2,376
Sundays and still going strong).
Because of the energy crisis in 1980, the Session directed all possible activities to
be held in the Recreation building, except for Sunday morning and also offered
transportation to selected activities and encouraged neighborhood car pooling.
A Landscape Committee, co-chaired by Deacons G.S. Neisler and Jerry F.
Ledford, received approval as a sub-committee of the Property and Ci rounds
Committee, with the stipulation that all expenses be paid by donations.
On April 5, 1981, the Reverend Bryant held a special service commermorating
the admission of baptized children to participation in the Sacrament of
The same month the Pastor led the congregation in a Portrait Dedications
Service, at which many members of the families of the sbc full-time Pastors who had
served the church, were guests of honor.
On May 3, the Reverend Bryant tendered his resignation, effective .lime 17, so
that he could accept the call to Paw Creek Presbyterian Church in Mecklenburg
County, effective July 5.
f?ev. Eric M. Faust
Current Minister of the First Presbyterian
Churchi of Kings Mountain, N.C.
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The Faust Ministry
On May 17, the Pastor appointed Elder Josephine \\'eir Moderator pro-tern of
the Session; the Elders appointed B.F. Maner and Mrs. Charlene Padgett as the
Pulpit Supply Committee and also adopted a plan for choosing a Pastor
With Elder J.V. Smith presiding at the service. Dr. Paul Ausley moderated the
congregational meeting on .lune 14 to elect such a group. Chosen were Elder .I.T.
McGinnis, Jr., Deacon V\ .R. Grissom; Women of the Church Mrs. Fran Sincox;
Youth L.S. Neisler; congregation at large, Mrs. Betty Ballard. Elder McGinnis had
been designated by the Session convenor to assemble the committee.
The Presbytery of Concord appointed Reverend Graham Wood, Pastor of Dixon
Presbyterian church, to serve as Moderator of the Session. Under the able
leadership of Ministerial student Ste\ e Hundley, the church continued its worship
and work program during the summer. Members rejoiced in the inspiration and aid
supplied by visiting ministers. Vance Policy, m.misterial student al Princeton
Theological Seminan.-, began on June 1, 1982, a meaningful three-months ministp.'.
On July 4, with the Reverend James M. Gregory moderating, the congregation
voted unanimously to call the Reverend Eric Milton Faust to ser\e as Pastor.
The Reverend Faust preached his first sermon on August 15, 1982; on October
17 he was installed as Pastor.
On January 16, 1983, the Session voted to adopt a Goal Setting Project to
identify the major direction of the church and to design the needed work
The group set April 8, 1984, as the official date for the Centennial Anniversary
Celebration of the church because the actual date .April 5, falls on a week day. They
appointed the following Centennial Planning Committee: Mrs. G.R. (Jean) Barber
chairman, Mrs. F.M. (Flazel) Fryer, H.C. Jones, Mrs. C..\. (Mary) Neisler, D.C.
Neisler and Mrs. W.T. (Josephine) Weir.
L'pon the resignation of Mrs. Barber on May 15. the Session appointed Mrs.
Weir and Mrs. Marilyn Neisler co-chairmen.
To plan appropriate activities for the Centennial, the chairmen appointed heads
of committees who immediately implemented projects. Two handsome display
cabinets were built for the church; a colored pictorial directory was published; a
handsome brass bell cast at Paccard Bell Foimdries in Amecy, France, was placed
in the bell-tower and dedicated September 25, 1983. The inscription on the
beautiful memorial reads:
In loving memory of First Presbyterian Church
Paul Mauney Neisler, Jr. Kings Mountain. N.C.
1922-1983 100th Anniversary
Presented to 1884-1984
The congregation adopted the procedure of electing a nominating committee to
direct the choice of Elders and Deacons.
A fifteen passenger van delivered in October instantly supplied a partial solution
to the transportation problem for youth and adults taking part in church activities
and made possible short trips of groups for pleasure.
At 7:00 p.m. on the Sunday evening in November the First Presbyterian
churches of Kings Mountain, Cherryville and Bessemer City joined for a rotating
schedule of worship bringing closer fellowship between Long Creek and the three
churches that claim her as their origin.
Worship services with prayer, music, devotionals and meaningful beauty
continued through the Christmas season of the hundredth year of the local church.
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First Presbyterian Church Roll
Adams, Dr. Charles H.
Clemmer, Ray Franklin
Adams, Mrs. Charles H.
Clemmer, Thomas Glenn
Adams, Mary Louise
Clemmer, John Carroll
Adams, Charles H., Jr.
Cook, Louis E.
Arnette, Mrs. J.C.
Cook, Mrs. Louis E.
Austin, Darrell L.
Crosby, Chri.stopher S.
Austin, Mrs. Darrell L.
Crosby, Mrs. Vernon P.
Austin, Darrell L., Jr.
Austin, Amy Elizabeth
Davis, D. Kenneth
Ballard, Charles E.
Davis, Mrs. D. Kenneth
Ballard, Mrs. Charles E.
Davis, Kenneth Franklin
Ballard, D. Michael
Dellinger, William G.
Ballard, Mrs. D. Michael
Dellinger, Mrs. William G.
Ballard, D. Michael, Jr.
Dellinger, David Larry
Ballew, W. Charles
Dixon, Fred L.
Ballew, Mrs. W. Charles
Dixon, Mrs. Fred L.
Barber, Mrs. G. Rhea
Dixon, Fred A.
Dixon, >'Irs. Fred A.
Barrett, Mrs. J.D.
Eskridge, Dr. Jerry L.
Blanton, Mrs. C. Don
Eskridge, Mrs. Jerry L.
Blanion, Charles D.
Eskridge, Elizabeth Lynn
Blanton, Mrs. Charles D.
Falls, Coman F., Jr.
Blanton, Mary Elizabeth
Faust, Eric M.
Brewer, Mrs. W.F.
Faust, Mrs. Eric M.
Brittain, Mrs. Sarah Faye
Broadwater, Howard M.
Broadwater, Mrs. Howard M.
Brutko, Mrs. Malcolm N.
Falls, Mrs. Cicero
Buingardner, Robert L.
Falls, Mrs. Zoe Inez
Bumgardner, Mrs. Robert L.
Fryer, Mrs. Hazel H.
Butler, Mrs. Randy G.
Fulton, Carl G.
Bingham, James Scott
Fulton, Mrs. Carl G.
Braketleld, Mrs. Marian R.
Gillespie, Mrs. Booth W.
Goforth, Ben T.
Carson, Mrs. Paul
Goforth, Mrs. Ben T.
Goforth. Mrs. H.A.
Chanthapheang, Mrs. Manh
Goforth, Mrs. Hall
Gossett, Todd Wofford
Gossett, Ashley DeAnn
Grigg, Alfred F., Jr.
Grigg, Mrs. .Alfred F., Jr.
Grissom, William R.
Cheshire, Mrs. Gail
Grissom, Mrs. William R.
Cheshire, Grady Patterson
Grissom, Sondra Lynn
Clemmer, Henry Ray
Guy, Edgar T.
C lemmer, Mrs. Henry Ray
Guy, Mrs. Edgar T.
Clemmer, Laura Frances
Hambright, Myers T.
Hambright, Mrs. Myers T.
Hambright, Myers T., Jr.
Hamrick, Edwin R.
Hamrick, Mrs. Edwin R.
Hamrick, Jennifer Lynn
Hamrick, Fred G.
Hamrick, Mrs. Fred G.
Harper, R. Ragan, Jr.
Harper, Mrs. R. Ragan, Jr.
Harper, Cynthia Caroline
Harper, Katherine Anne
Harrison, Mrs. W.E.
Hawkins, Ronald J.
Hawkins, Mrs. Ronald J.
Hayes, B. Manley, Jr.
Hilton, A. Beekman
Hilton, Mrs. A. Beekman
Houser, Lloyd R.
Houser, Martha F.
Houston, S. Humes
Houston, Mrs. S. Humes
Hoyle, Mrs. Frank
Hunnicutt, Mrs. Harold
Jackson, Howard B.
Jackson, Mrs. Howard B.
Jenkins, Mrs. E.L.
Keller, Mrs. Eva C.
King, Jerry L.
King, Mrs. Jerry L.
Knox, Jacob R.
Lewis, Mrs. Carol J.
Ledford, Jerry F.
Ledford, Mrs. Jerry F.
Lewis, Mrs. O.P.
Logan, Hugh A., Ill
Logan, Mrs. Hugh A., Jr.
Logan, John David
Lovell, Mrs. Lawrence
Maner, Mrs. B.F.
Maner, Frank Garrett
Maner, Robert Sommers
Maner, Sarah Elizabeth
Martin, Thomas J.
Mauney, Mrs. Edgar D.
Mauney, Mrs. Paul
McDaniel, F. Atwood
McDaniel, Mrs. F. Atwood
Mercer, Col. James
Mercer, Mrs. James
McGinnis, J.T., Jr.
McGinnis, Mrs. J.T., Jr.
McGinnis, Mrs. Tracy
McKelvie, Henry R.
McSwain, Mrs. Eugene
Morris, Mrs. F.O.
Moss, Charles H.
Moss, Mrs. Charles H.
Moss, Mrs. George
Murphrey, Edgar O., Jr.
Murphrey, Mrs. Edgar O., Jr.
Nance, Mrs. Bill
Nance, Debra S.
Nance, Paula L.
Nation, Jerry B.
Nation, Mrs. Jerry B.
Nation, Lisa Jo
Neisler, C. Andrew
Neisler, Mrs. C. Andrew
Neisler, Charles A.
Neisler, Mrs. Charles A.
Neisler, Lee S.
Neisler, G. Scott
Neisler, Mrs. G. Scott
Neisler, Mrs. C.E., Jr.
Neisler, Henry P.
Neisler, Mrs. Henry P.
Neisler, W. Hayne
Neisler, David C.
Neisler, H. Parks, Jr.
Neisler, Joseph A., Jr.
Neisler, Mrs. Joseph A., Jr.
Neisler, Melissa Marlene
Neisler, Theresa Angelett
Neisler, Mrs. P.M., Sr,
Osborne, Mrs. Robert B.
Osborne, Mrs. W'.F.
Padgett, Mrs. Philip G.
Page, Harry E.
Page, Mrs. Harry E.
Patrick, H. Lawrence
Patrick, Mrs. H. Lawrence
Patrick, Barbara M.
Patterson, Randy C.
Patterson, Mrs. Randy C.
Plonk, James Harold
Powers, Michael S.
Powers, Mrs. DeAnn
Sinnorai, Mrs. Viengkeo
Pursley, Mrs. J.H.
Smith, JaiTies Vic
Putnam, CV'rald E.
Smith, Mrs. James Vic
Putnam, Mrs. Gerald E.
Queen, John E.
Queen, Mrs. John E.
Snow, R. Maynard
Ramseur, Mrs. W.L.
Snow, Mrs. R. Maynard
Rhea, Bobby W .
Rhea, Mrv Bobby \V.
Sonvichit, Mrs. Khaniphone
Rhea, Barbara A.
Sourisak, Mrs. Chansouka
Rhea, David S.
Sourisak, Chanthav ong
Rhea, Mrs. Grady
Southwell, Robert O.
Rhea, Joe Dixon
Southwell, Mrs. Robert O.
Rhea, Joe Dixon, Jr.
Southwell, Stephen S.
Roberts, Thomas W.
Stoterau. Harlin E.
Robinson, Dr. Sam L.
Stoterau Mrs. Harlin E.
Robinson, Mrs. Sam L.
Stowe. Mrs. Logan P.
Robinson, Jeffrey L.
Thomasson, George B.
Rollins, Mrs. James
Thomasson, Mrs. George B.
Rollins, Paul C.
Tra\ is, Marene B.
Roof, David A.
VanAntwerp, Robert H.
Roof, Mrs. David A.
Webb, R. Halbert
Sanders, William L.
Weir, Sam S.
Sanders, Mrs. VNiUiam L.
W'eir, Mrs. Sam S.
Sanders, William Mark
Weir, Mrs. W.T.
Sanders, Donna L.
Whetstine, Clyde O.
Seism, Thurman P.
Williams, Mrs. Hugh O.
Seism, Mrs. Thurman P.
Wilson, Mrs. Pete H.
Shaw, Mrs. Sarah C.
Wilson, Mrs. Seth D.
Shaw, Mrs. W'.F.
Winn, Mrs. John Emmett
Sincox, Mrs. Frances B.
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
"Give thanks unto the Father, which hatn made us meet to be
partakers of the inheritance of the Lord."
APRIL the EIGHTH
NINETEEN HUNDRED and EIGHTY-FOUR
These are the twelve ministers who served the First
Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, part-
time from 1884-1914.
Reverend E.P. Davis (1884-1887)
Reverend Erasmus Ervin (1888-1889)
Reverend E.A. Sample (1889-1892)
Student W.L. Walker (1893)
Reverend J.K. Hall (1893-1894)
Reverend R.J. Mcllwaine (1895-1898)
Reverend J.R. Millard (1899-1902)
Reverend J.M. Forbis (1903-1908)
Reverend S.S. Oliver (1909-1912)
Reverend R.A. Miller (1913-1914)
Reverend C.L. Bragaw (1914-1915)
Reverend J.E. Berryhill (1916-1918)
The Reverend Edward P. Davis
Born in Ruthertbrdton, July 12, 1861; Married Mary Agnes Lowry, Calhoun
Mills, South Carolina, December 29, 1880; Davidson College 1869-73, BA, DD;
teacher 18734; Columbia Theological Seminary 1874-7; licensed 1877,
Mecklenburg Presbytery; ordained 1877, South Carolina Presbytery; pastor
Hopewell and W'illington Churches, Calhoun Mills, South Carolina, 1877-83;
pastor Shelby, Kings Mountain and Shiloh Presbyterian Churches, 1883-7; pastor
First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1888-92; pastor First
Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, Alabama, 1892-00; pastor Opelika and
Auburn, Alabama, 1900-5; pastor Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South
Carolina, 1905-25; stated clerk, Enoree Presbytery, 1926-(honorably retired, 1933-)
1937; died Greenville, South Carolina, July 1, 1937; DD Southwestern
Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tennessee. Stated clerk. East Alabama
The Reverend Erasmus Ervin
Born in Clarendon County, South Carolina, March 10, 1847; Married (1) Lilias
Blair McPhail, August 12, 1875, (2) Mary A. Guthrie, June 13, 1878; the Citadel,
The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston; Confederate States Army;
Davidson College, B.A., 1872; Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina
(now Decatur, Georgia) 1872; Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond
(formerly located at Hampden-Sydney), 1872-4; licensed spring, 1874, Harmony
Presbytery; ordained evangelist, fall, 1872, Mecklenburg Presbytery; stated supply,
Rutherfordton and Little Britain, North Carolina, 1875-6, stated supply, Salem
Church, West Lexington Presbytery, 1876 — (stated supply. Union, 1876; stated
supply. Union, 1876; stated supply. Walnut Hill, 1879 ) - 1881; stated supply,
Washington Kentucky, 1881-3; stated supply. Paint Lick, Kentucky, 1889-8; stated
supply, Shelby, Kings Mountain, Grover, and Rutherfordton, North Carolina,
1888-9; pastor, Demopolis and Faunsdale, Alabama, 1889-90; pastor Pisgah, West
Lexington Presbytery 1890-6; stated supply, N.C. Ferniak Springs, Florida, and
other points, 1896-05; pastor Williamsburg and Union, stated supply. Central,
South Carolina, 1905-11; pastor McClellan\ille, South Carolina, 1912-6, inform
1916-18; died there. May 13, 1918.
The Reverend E.A. Sample
Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Baltimore Dental College,
Maryland, DDS, 1869; Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina (now
Decatur, Georgia), 1884; licensed March, ordained August, 1885, Mecklenburg
Presbytery; pastor Franklin and Morrison Churches, Mecklenburg Presbytery,
1885-9; Pastor Song Creek, Hephzibah, Kings Mountain churches, Mecklenburg,
Presbytery-1 889-92; pastor Hendersonville and Mills River, North Carolina, group,
1892-6; home missionary, Henderson\'ille and Franklin, Asheville Presbytery,
1897-03; without charge, Hendersonville, 1904-13; stated supply. Archer, Florida
and group, 1914-16; died Hendersonville, North Carolina, September 7, 1917;
stated clerk, Asheville Presbytery, 1897-02, 04.
The Reverend William L. Walker
Born in Charlotte, North CaroHna, November 25, 1869; Married Mrs. Clara
Bigham McDuffie, Pontotoc, Mississippi, July 29, 1914; Davidson College, BA,
1892; Columbia Theological Seminary, 1892-3; Princeton Theological Seminary,
New Jersey, 1893-95; licensed May, 1895, Mecklenburg Presbytery; ordained
October 31, 1895, Enoree Presbytery; pastor Third Church, Greenville, South
Carolina 1895-98; pastor Piedmont, 1898-1900; in Baptist Church, 1901-26; pastor
Ouitman, Georgia, 1901-2; pastor Vineville church, Macon 1903-5; pastor First
Church, Rome, 1913-17; pastor First Church Danville, Kentucky, 1918-24; pastor
First Church, Elyria, Ohio, 1924-6; died Charlotte, North Carolina, July 13, 1926.
The Reverend Joseph K. Hall
Born Belmont, North Carolina, January 1, 1865; married Mary Elizabeth
Witherspoon, Lancaster, South Carolina, January 8, 1902; Davidson College, B.A.;
1887, D.D., 1937; principal, Mooresville Academy, North Carolina, 1887-8, Union
Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located at Hampden-
Sydney), 1888-91; licensed July 1891, Mecklenburg Presbytery, July, 1891;
ordained, February, 1892, East Hanover Presbytery; stated supply and pastor
Ashland, Virginia and stated supply, Samuel Davies, 1891-3; pastor, Belhesda
Church, Guthriesville, South Carolina 1894-09; principal Westminster School for
Boys, Rutherford, North Carolina, 1909-1 1; pastor Lillington, North Carolina and
group, 191 1-17; pastor Lumber Bridge and group, 1917-21; stated supply, Goshen
Church, Kings Mountain Presbytery, 192240; honorably retired, Belmont, 1940-9;
died there, January 2, 1949; stated clerk, Fayetteville Presbytery 1913-17.
The Reverend Robert J. Mcllwaine
Born, Waxhaw, North Carolina, March 16, 1860; married Delia Shields,
Carthage, North Carolina, June 28, 1898; high school, Hopewell, North Carolina;
student, Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located at
Hampden-Sydney), 1892-94; licensed May 10, 1894, ordained June 27, 1895,
Mecklenburg Prebytery; pastor Long Creek and Shiloh churches and stated supply.
Kings Mountain group, 1898-01; pastor Pea River church and group. East
Alabama Presbytery, 1901-7; ill health, occasional home missionary work,
residence, Montreat, North Carolina, 1908-10; evangelist. Union County,
Mecklenburg Presbytery, 1910-(also evangelist, Anson County, 20) -33; honorably
retired, Monroe, 1933-34; died there, December 15, 1944.
The Reverend Joseph R. Millard
Born in Bluff City, Tennessee, January 24, 1856; married Annie Lee Elliott,
Chester, South Carolina, 1888; farmer and clerk; student King College;
Southwestern Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tennessee, Divinity School,
1886; Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located at
Hampden-Sydney) 1886-7; Columbia Training School, 1887-8; licensed May 5,
1888, Holston Presbyten-; ordained October 1888, Charleston Presbytery; pastor
Richland and Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, 1888-9; pastor Tirgah, stated supply
W'axhaw and Beulah churches. Bethel Presbytery, 1889-91; pastor Fishing Creek
and Richburg, South Carolina 1891-6; stated supply. Fishing Creek-Oakland group,
1896-8; pastor Kings Mountain and Long Creek churches. Kings Mountain
Presbytery, 1899-(stated supply, Bessemer City, North Carolina 1900-H)2; pastor
Salem, Lebanon, and Union churches. Bethel Presbytery, 1903-11; pastor
Chesterfield, Ruby and White Oak Churches, Pee Dee Presbytery, 1911-25;
residence. Ruby, South Carolina 1925-(honorably retired, 1927-36; died February
The Reverend James M. Forbis
Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, November 22, 1868, married
Minnie Eddins Jones, Shelby, North Carolina, January 16, 1900; Rutherfordton
College, BA; Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located
at Hampden-Sydney) 1894-7; licensed April 14, ordained December 10, 1897; St.
Johns Presbytery; pastor Plant City, Florida, 1897-03; pastor Kings Mountain,
North Carolina and group, 1903-9; pastor Parkton, Rockfish and Hope Mills,
Fayetteville Presbytery, 1909; pastor Rockingham, North Carolina, 1909-12;
pastor Bethune and Pinetree churches, (South Carolina), 1912-26; stated supply,
Andrews, South Carolina, 1926-9; p. Great Falls, South Carolina and group,
1929-41; died March 12, 1941.
The Reverend Samuel S. Oliver
Bom in Madison, North Carolina, .August 26, 1866; married Mamie Ellen
Pepper, Danbury, North Carolina, May 11, 1898; Davidson College, 2 years;
Union Theological Seminary of Virginia, Richmond (formerly located in Hampden-
Sydney); licensed May 25, ordained May 26, 1898; Orange Presbytery; evangelist,
Stokes County, North Carolina, 1898-9; pastor Broadway, Virginia 1900-2; pastor
Petersburg, West Virginia 1902-5; p. Franklin Ruddle and Upper Tract, 1905-9;
stated supply Pittsboro, Haywood and St. .Andrews, North Carolina, 1908-9; pastor
Kings Mountain, Long Creek and Bessemer City, 1909-12; pastor .Academy,
Forest, Virginia, 1912-6; pastor High Bridge, Buchanon, Mt. Carmel, 1916-8;
stated supply Lincastle 1918-(Mtn. Union Galatia, Glenn Wilton, 1918-22)-23;
Roanoke, 1925; stated supply, Mebrose, 1926; stated clerk, Roan Presbytery,
1929-(stated supply, Vinton, 1929-35K36; died December 8, 1936, stated clerk
Montgomery Presbytery, 1927-36.
The Reverend Robert A. Miller
Bom in York County, South Carolina, March 18,1 848; married (1 ) Ella Brown,
Whitehill, North Carolina, (2) Isia Parks, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina;
Davidson College, 1871, BA; Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina
(now Decatur, Georgia), 1874; licensed 1874 Bethel Presbytery; ordained, 1875,
Wilmington Presbytery; pastor Mt. Williams and Richland churches, Wilmington
Presbytery, 1874-7; pastor Monroe and Wadesboro churches, Mecklenburg
Presbytery, 1877-83; pastor Hopewell church, Mecklenburg Presbytery 1883-90;
pastor, Lowell, North Carolina and group 1890-14; (including kings Mountain,
19134); evangelist Rock Hill, South Carohna, 1915-16; died there June 1, 1916.
The Reverend Charles L. Bragaw
Born, Lafayette, Alabama, Noverrber 25, 1875; Alabama Polytechnic Institute,
Auburn, Alabama (now Auburn University); Columbia Theological Seminary,
1904-5; Louisville (Kentucky) Presbyterian Theological Seminary; licensed April,
1906, Kanawha Presbytery; assistant pastor. First (USA) church, Washington,
District of Columbia, 1906-7; ordained, October, 1907, Maryland (USA)
Presbytery; pastor Palmyra, Nebraska, 1908-9; in Presbyterian Church in the
United States of America, 1909-16; slated supply, Lillington, North Carolina and
group, 1909; pastor Barbecue group, Fayetteville Presbytery, 19094; pastor. Kings
Mountain, North Carolina and group, 1914; infirm; died Cliff, New Mexico,
March 8, 1916.
The Reverend Joseph E. Berryhill
Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, April 22, 1860; Married Mary
Alice Malloy, Parkton, North Carolina, December 30, 1915; Southwestern
Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tennessee (now Southwestern College of
Mississippi Valley (Presbyterian), Memphis, Tennessee) 1896-9, BA; also Divinity
School, 1899-01, BD; licensed January 19, ordained September 1902, Western
District Presbytery; pastor, Gibson County, Tennessee and group, 1902-5; stated
supply, Clarksdale and Tunica, Mississippi, 1905; stated supply, Hendersonville and
Madison, Tennessee and group, 1906; stated supply, Searcy, Arkansas, 1906-7;
pastor Paw Creek and Cook's Memorial Presbyterian churches, Mecklenburg
Presbytery, 1907-13; stated supply, Parkton, North Carolina and group, 1913-5;
pastor Kings Mountain, North Carolina and group 1916-9; pastor Clover, South
Carolina, 1919-22; stated supply. Union Presbyterian Church, Lowell, North
Carolina, 1922-30; pastor, Dallas, 1930-33; stated supply, Newell Presbyterian
Church, 1933-5; without charge, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1936; died there
December 10, 1937.
Full Time Pastors Of The
First Presbyterian Church
1. The Reverend Fred J. Hay, D.D.
2. The Reverend Issac S. McElroy, D.D.
3. The Reverend Richard C. Wilson, Jr.
4. The Reverend Paul D. Patrick, D.D.
May 1935 -September, 1958
5. The Reverend Paul K. Ausley, Th. D., D.D.
November, 1958 - June, 1974
6. The Reverend Gary L. Bryant
September, 1974 -June, 1981
7. The Reverend Eric M. Faust
August 15, 1982 -
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Reverend Fred J. Hay
Minister of tlie First Presbyterian Churcti
of Kings Mountain, North Carolina from 1919
Born in Liberty Hill, South Carolina, September 4,
1892; married Mildred Johnston, October 16, 1919;
Davidson College, 1910-14, B.A.; Columbia Theological
Seminary, 1916-19, B.D.: Princeton Theological
Seminary, 1922-23, ThM.; King College, 1973, D.D.;
licensed May, 1919, Bethel Presbytery, South Carolina;
ordained August, 1919, by Kings Mountain Presbytery,
North Carolina; pastor First Presbyterian Church, Kings
Mountain, 1919-22; pastor Dillon Presbyterian Church,
Dillon, South Carohna, 1923-1972; died August 6, 1973.
Reverend Issac Stuart McElroy
Minister of the First Presbyterian Ctiurch
of Kings t\/lountain, Nortfi Carolina from 1923
Born in Lebanon, Kentucky, April 30, 1853; married
Annie Lee, November 16, 1879; Danville Military
Academy 1875, B.A.; teacher and law student, 1876;
Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1877-78; Central
University, Dan\ille, Kentucky, D.D., 1894; licensed
April, 1876 by Transylvania Presbytery; ordained
September, 1878 by Missouri Presbytery; stated supply
pastor Keytesville and Perryville, Brunswick, Missouri,
1878-1880; pastor Stanford and Perryville, Kentucky,
1880-84; pastor Mt. Sterhng, Kentucky, 1884-90;
financial agent Synod of Kentucky for Presbyterian
Theological Seminary, Kentucky, 1890-93; pastor
Maxwell Street Church, Lexington, Kentucky,
1894-1902; Secretary Executive Committee, Ministerial
Relief 1902-04; pastor E'irst Church, Columbus, Georgia
1905-23; pastor First Church Kings Mountain, North
Carolina, 1923-3 1 ; died January 10, 1931 . Author "Some
Pioneer Preachers of the Piedmont," "History of
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary" and
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Reverend Richard C. Wilson
Minister of the First Presbyterian Church
of Kings l\/lountain, North Carolina from
Born Macon, Georgia, September 22, 1886; married
Bertha Hanscomb, 1915 (died February 19, 1928) (2)
Sophy Hughes, April 1929, insurance agent; student
Mercer University; Davidson College, 1906-10, B.S.;
Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1910-13, B.D.;
licensed May 1913, by Macon Presbytery; ordained May
1914 by Mississippi Presbytery, pastor Booneville
Presbyterian Church 1914-18; pastor Sparta Presbyterian
Church, Georgia 1918-20; pastor Olivet Church McCon-
nellsville, South Carolina 1920-25; pastor Presbyterian
Church, Cartersville, Georgia 1925-31; pastor First
Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
1932-34; died October 1, 1934.
Reverend Paul D. Patrick
Minister of ttie First Presbyterian Churcti
of Kings t^ountain. Nortti Carolina from 1935
Born Sharon, South CaroHna December 7, 1892; mar-
ried Blanche Jeager. 1919; Davidson College 1912-15:
Columbia Theological Seminary, 1915-18, B.D.;
Moderator of Synod of North Carolina, 1949; Davidson
College Trustee 1931-64, first recipient of Distinguished
Alumnus Award, 1962, and D.D., 1964; licensed April
1918 by Enroee Presbytery, South Carolina; ordained b\
Cherokee Presbytery, South Carolina, October 1918;
pastor Alpine Church and group, Cherokee Presbytery ,
1918-21; pastor Effingham and Hopewell Presbyterian
Churches, South Carolina. 1926-28; Superintendent
Home Missions Pee Dee and Harmony Presbyteries.
South Carolina, 1937 - (Charleston Presbytery, 1930 -)
1935; pastor First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain,
North Carolina, 1935-58; Vice-President in charge of
De\elopment, Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia,
1958-65; stated supply pastor with several churches in
Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia
January 1, 1965-66; died April 21 , 1966.
Reverend Paul K. Ausley
Minister of tiie First Presbyterian Church
of Kings Mountain, North Carolina from 1958
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina July 15, 1915;
married Helen Bow en April 24, 1946; Florida State Col-
lege 1938-^2; B.S.; student Hartford Theological
Seminary 1942-43; Duke Universitv Divinity School,
North Carolina, 194345; B.D.; post-graduate work Duke
University 194445; Columbia University, New York
1947; American University, Washington, D.C. 1948;
Th.D.; Moderator Kings Mountain Presbytery, 1965;
licensed April 18, 1944 by Granville Presbytery and or-
dained March 26, 1945; stated supply pastor, Roxboro,
North Carolina, 194445; pastor Cann Memorial Church,
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 1945-58; pastor First
Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain 1958-74.
Reverend Gary L. Bryant
Minister of tiie First Presbyterian Church
of Kings f\/lountain, North Carolina from 1974
Born Clifty. West Virginia, September 7, 1945; married
Gail Ladd 1967; King College Bristol, Tennessee 1963-67;
A.B.; Teacher Swords Creek, Virginia 1967-68; Columbia
Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia 1968-71,
M.Div.; Associate pastor. First Lumberton, North
Carolina, 1970-74; Pastor First Presbyterian Church,
Kings Mountain, North Carolina 1974-1981.
Reverend Eric M. Faust
Minister of ttie First Presbyterian Churcti
of Kings Mountain, Nortfi Carolina from 1982
Born College Park, Maryland, August 26, 1940; Mar-
ried Linda Margaret Miller August 22, 1964; North
Carolina State University 1959-63, 13.5.; Union
Theological Seminary, Richmond Virginia 1963-66, B.D.;
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
1979-present (D. Min. work). Moderator Presbytery of
Newfoundland 1967-68; ordained July, 1966; installed St.
Aldan's Presbyterian Church, St. John's, Newfoundland
August, 1966 and served 1966-November, 1968; pastor
Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania and
Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church in Hancock, Maryland
November, 1968-June, 1972; pastor Covenant
Prebyterian Church, Concord, North Carolina June,
1972-July, 1974; pastor Walhalla Prebyterian Church,
Walhalla, South Carolina August, 1974-July 1982; pastor
First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, North
Carolina August, 1982 - present.
The following is a collection
of Folklore the Church has
gathered over its One-Hundred
Whence comes the bread the congregation uses in the Sacrament of the Lord's
The following letter filed in an old minute book of the Session answers the
question for the First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain.
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
April 4, 1964
My mother, Mrs. C.E. Neisler, Sr., made the unleavened bread that was used by
the First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, for communion
as far back as I can remember, which would be before 1900. I remember this very
vividly because all the Neisler children were in a hurry to get home after the
communion service so they could eat the left over communion bread.
Mrs. C.E. Neisler, Sr.,'s Recipe for
Unleavened Bread for Communion
2 cups flour
IV2 sticks creamery butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
Mix with 3 tablespoons ice water. Make into two balls of dougli.
Sometimes it is difficult to mix properly. If it gets too thin, put in
refrigerator to cool until mixture can be handled properly.
Roll out balls as pie dough (1/6" to 1/8" thick). Put into two baking pans
and serrate dough into strips about 1/2" wide. Bake slowly in moderate
Strips are usually broken into 1/2" squares. A few pieces are left in
strips so they can be used by the Minister during the service.
This recipe probably came from Aunt Sue (Mrs. H.L. Ramseur). who came to
Kings Mountain from the Long Creek Community.
My sister Margaret (Mrs. H.R. Hunnicutt), who now makes the bread for our
Church, gave me this recipe.
This service to the congregation was assumed about 1967 by Mrs. Neisler's
granddaughter-in-law Marilyn (Mrs. Henry P. Neisler), who uses the same recipe.
Probably few of us realize that over the years two members of the church have
obtained licenses to make the wine used in Communion Services and have stored it
until it was used.
About 1937 Mr. B.M. Ormand harvested his own grapes for the beverage and
continued to produce the vintage until about 1968 when the task became too
arduous for him.
Mr. H.E. Page obtained a license and accepted the equipment given him by his
predecessor, but found it necessary to purchase grapes from other sources.
The equipment was an old grape crusher, dated in the late 1890's, consisting of a
hopper with two metal rollers to crush the fruit when the maker turned by hand the
long wooden handle, a screw lard press to use after the grapes had fermented three
or four days. At this .stage, the producer added sugar, a delicate process, because the
amount of sugar determines the sweetness of the wine.
To hold the juice Mr. Ormand used a ten gallon wooden keg with a corn cob
stopper into which he installed a tube to allow the gasses to escape. He placed the
other end of the tube in a vessel of water to prevent air getting back to the w ine.
When fermentation was completed, the wine maker sealed the keg with a cork
stopper covered with parafin wax.
Mr. Page uses a five gallon glass jar instead of tiie wooden keg and siphons off
the wine once it is ready for use. He prefers the gl..ss container because it does not
absorb the liquid as did the wooden keg.
The church used approximately two gallons of wine a year.
The Pastoral Stole
The colors of the Pastor's stole and the collars on the choir robes have a definite
significance and are worn on certain dates.
Green, used regularly, except for the designated seasons listed below, signifies
the Eternity of God.
White signifies the purity of God's Righteousness and the glory of God. It is
used on Easter and the forty-nine days afterwards, on Trinity Sunday and on
Christmas through Epiphany.
Purple or Lavender, during Lent, the seven weeks before Easter, purple
signifies the Passion color, the suffering of Jesus.
During Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, it signifies the Royal color,
.lesus the King, the Lord is come.
Red, on Pentecost red represents the power of the Holy Spirit, the coming of the
On Good Friday it represents the week of Jesus's sufferings and crucifixion.
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If the stole bears decorations, the dominant solid color is the one considered.
Each choir robe has two reversible collars. The wearer displays the appropriate
color as the occasion requires.
- Sunday School was organized with 20 members
- "Ladies Society" organized
- Boy Scout Troop No. 1 organized
- B.F. Ormand, Jr. candidate for ministery
- Snowguards on roof first in this section of N.C.
- Church seals in front door first made in .stained glass
-Outpost: Di.xon Presbyterian Church
- Girl Scout Troops organized
- Rotation system for Deacons
- New manse and recreation building
- Partial support of a missionary
- Catawba Nursery lanscaped property
- James Moss candidate for missionary
- Air-conditioning in entire church
- Member of Presbytery of Concord
- Edith Hambright candidate for ministery
- Rotation system for Elders
- Woman Elder: Mrs. Jean Barber
- Woman Deacon: Mrs. Jeanne Maner
- Church sports
- Sponsored Laotian family
- Purchased bus
- Ministerial Intern student
- Renovated the 3 buildings
- Woman Clerk of the Session: Mrs. Jean Barber
-Admission of baptized children to communion
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James L. Moss Reports Seven Years
On The Mission Field
"Dot and I were married in the Unity Presbyterian Church of Denver, N.C. by
her father, the Rev. R.T. Baker, on June 1, 1956. In less than three months we
sailed for Brazil. Most of those three months were spent in Montreal at the "Out-
going Missionaries Institute" — and then the World Missions Conference which
closed with the Commissioning Service.
"In September of 1956 we arrived in Campinas, Sao Paulo — w here for a year we
were in language school. It was in Campinas on July 3 1 , 1957 that our first child,
Mark, was born.
"After language school we mo\'ed up-country to Ceres, Goias. It was here that
we lived most of the time we were in Brazil. I was pastor of the Uruana Evangelistic
Field. We lived in Ceres because there was a doctor there, and communications and
transportation (after a fashion). We were seven hundred miles from the nearest
paved road and measured distance not only miles but by the number of hours it
usually took you to get there. During the rainy season, travel was hopeless.
"We were in Brazil when in 1959 the Brazilian Presbyterian Church celebrated
its centennial. \\'e were there when the Federal Capital was moved from Rio do
Janeiro to Brasilia and that new capital was inaugurated. We were there when
President Eisenhower visited Brazil, the tlrst American president to \isit Brazil
since \\'oodrovv Wilson.
'These were exciting times, but the most memorable for me were those times
when in distant and out of the way places I had the opportunity to preach the
gospel to men and women who had never heard it before, or had heard it only a
couple of times. I remember baptizing over twenty converts, all adults, at one
preaching service that was held in the corral of a big ranch. The horse trough used
to water the animals served as a baptismal font.
"We came home in January of 1963. Since then 1 have served pastorates in
North and South Carolina. In January of 1975 1 became the first pastor of a
congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America — a group of one hundred
and twelve people meeting and worshipping in an old hotel building in .Abbeville,
S.C. Today (June 28, 1980) our congregation numbers over one hundred and
seventy — one of our young ladies is missionary in Mexico — and we have been in
our new building since the last week of April, 1978."
The First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain was organized Saturday,
April 3, 1884, with eighteen members.
For the first three years the group held occasional services in the A.R.P. and
On April 3, 1887, the congregation moved into a frame structure located on the
southeast corner of King Street and Railroad Avenue.
On July 3, 1906, the group moved into a new, larger brick building erected on the
northwest corner of Piedmont Avenue and Mountain Street.
The church dedicated on December 5, 1937, the present beautiful building
located on the corner of King and Gaston Streets.
The approximately 1 Vj acre lot on which the three church buildings stand was
owned by seven different people before Mrs. C.E. Neisler bought it and presented it
to the congregation in 1936: 1881-1903 W.A. and J.S. Mauney; 1903-1913 L.H.
Long, Sr.; 1913-1917 L.H. Long, Jr.; 1917-1919 J.R. Davis; 1919-1927 Mr. and
Mrs. H.C. Dwelle; 1927-1932 E.A. Smith; 1932-1936 J.A. Neisler.
The section of the lot on which the sanctuary no\\' stands was, during the early
1900's, a cornfield enclosed in a wire fence. The producer of the crop, Mr. George
Logan, generously urged the neighbors to share his corn. Mrs. Sue Moss remembers
being sent by her mother across the unpaved street to gather fresh roasting ears for
Mr. and Mrs. Dwelle remodeled the small house standing thereon and beautified
the entire area. He developed the lawn, set the pine oaks, some of which still stand,
and planted many shrubs which have been removed. Mrs. Dwelle often said they
were beautifying the property in the hope that it might some day become the loca-
tion of the Presbyterian Church.
The deed to the lot states that the real estate is "for the use and benefit of the said
congregation, and for the support and teaching and propagation therein of the doc-
tnnes and polity contained in the Confession of Faith and Government of the
Presbyterian Church in the United States". Furthermore, the deed "is subject to the
right of Arthur Hay, his heirs, and assigns to the use of a driveway ten feet in width
running from Gaston Street; adjoining his lot on the south side 162 feet to the rear
of west end of his lot".
The provision for a driveway had been contained in every deed to the lot, beginn-
ing with L.H. Long, Sr.
We built a church, a joyous experience for the congregation.
Members contributed their talents, time, expertise, and money so generously that
borrowing funds was never necessary. When the word was completed the building
was paid for, and was dedicated at the first service.
Mr. R. Grier Plong used his mules and drag pan from his farm to dig the
In laying the foundation, the Building Committee doubled the requirement of
brick and cement to give greater strength (increased from 3 '/i inches to 7 inches).
The lovely rosehued, sanded bricks were made in Tennessee and shipped by rail.
Mr. J.B. Thomasson and Mr. C.E. Neisler, Jr. personally supervised the
construction of the building. The latter laid the stones in the arch over the steps
leading to the altar, a labor of love carried on in an exceedingly hot area.
Believeing a bricklayer's statement, that a penny placed behind the first brick laid
in a church gives good luck, young Paul and Lawrence Patrick each placed a penny
behind the first brick. The brick is at the rear of the building under the rest roorn
An accident with a happy ending occured when Mr. Wright Falls, a bricklayer,
fell from the tower he was building to the floor, landing on top of his assistant and
knocking him flat. Mr. Falls got up exclaiming, "If this hadn't been a church, I'd
a'been killed". The assistant missed work for two days.
Mr. Beverly Patterson brought from the gold mine a 1 " x I'/i" rock, containing
gold particles, to be placed in the mantle in the Ladies' Bible Classroom. It is the
very dark one on the left side about five inches from the fireplace opening.
The snowguards placed on the roof were the first ones used in this section of
Completion of the structure was delayed briefly by the late delivery of the stained
glass window. The glass cutter, the aged last member of Smith Brothers in
Philadelphia, had entered it in a stained glass show in Paris, where it was awarded
first place. Re-shipment of the masterpiece across the Atlantic required more time
than the artist had anticipated.
This beautiful stained glass chancel window ir three sections was designed for
this church by a young artist from Hungary. He and Mrs. C.E. Neisler planned the
story depicted in the window , The same designer planned the lovely memorial side
The glass in the chancel window varies in thickness from '/4"to 1-3/8" to give the
brilliance desired in the various colors. The thickest pieces are those used in the
The side windows and complement the altar decoration in colors and general
The brightest colors are different as the sun moves. In the morning, the glorious
reds and greens predominate; in the afternoon, the blues and yellows are
Mrs. P.D. Patrick, the wife of the pastor at the time of the construction, recently
shared with us the events leading to the replicas of the "Seal of the Presbyterian
Church in the United States" placed in the front doors of the building.
"While the architects were in Kings Mountain, they saw the church seal in Mr.
Patrick's study, inquired about it, and asked to borrow it. When the stained glass
windows (for the sanctuary) were delivered, there was included a gift to the church
from the designers; the little seals in the front doors. So far as we could determine,
they are the first made of stained glass."
When the cornerstone was finally laid, and the building dedicated, on December
5, 1937, the contents of the old church cornerstone were moved to the new
Only four pastors have served the church since the construction of this building
-Dr. P.D. Patrick, Dr. Paul K. Ausley, Gary L. Bryant, and Eric M. Faust, who is
presently serving. But many, many laymen and women have served faithfully and
well in the continued work of this church. If we were to list all the contributions of
time, talents, and resources that have been given over the years, the list would
extend far beyond the walls of this building.
We are grateful for all those who have contributed to the church that has been
built there. As we praise those who built this building we are aware that the church
is much more than brick and motar, and no matter how well it was put together in
the beginning, it would not be what it is today without the widow's mites and the
wealthy's alms that have poured in over the years. The spirit of loving dedication
that caused this building to be built has not dimmed as we have sought to turn a
building into a church. May that same spirit continue to lead us into other times
than this one.
By God's grace we have been provided a place. May He, through us, make it His
Frank Welch, aiiihor of the letter of appreciation of Khamphone and this
church, was employed by International Voluntary Ser\ ices in Laos. The two men
were neighbors in 1 uang Prabany and knew each other well. Tliey constantly
CNchanged information that enabled them to a\oid places where one might easily
get killed, and each was able to aid the other in getting out of Thailand safely.
1 rank is the son of Mrs. Nina Putnam (W elch) Nebel, a Kings Mount am nali\e
now li\ ini; in Charlotte.
29 December, 1975
Dear Re\ . Bryant.
Tins must be the tenth lime I'xe tried to start tliis letter. Tlie problem, 1 tliitik, is
that F-nglisli doesn't lia\e quite tlie right words to describe how I leel towards you
and your congregation. In the I'astern languages I've learned, there was a word
exactly opposite in meaning to "sin"; and there were words to describe hearts ihal
were living testimony to that "opposite-to-sin" idea.
,'\n\how, that concept is about the best idea I can fmd to tliank you.
If there were more people like you tbiks aroutid, there wouldn't be wars like that
in Laos; and such totally good people as Khamphone wouldn't be bereft of all the
places and things they've lo\ed.
I'm sure he won't talk about it, but he alone saved thousands of li\es by risking
his own life. He was on the ground with the ordinary people when I he puslvbutlon
bombers brought llieir packages of "Ciifts trom the .American people". .And his
thanks for it is cNile.
In his new lite, the one single thing Khamphone can't do w ithout is lo\ e, and lots
of it. And that is the one thing I can't send liim. (Try conducting a romance, if you
don't believe me - L for one, lost the girl I loved by being too far away!) While 1
understand the material sacrifices you and your people are making, the one thing 1
want to thank you for the most is the love which you are right there to give!
Honestly, 1 didn't think such outpourings of all that is good in people e\er really
happened, e.xcept maybe in the Reader's Digest. > our response makes me a little
ashamed of my chronic "Yieople-is-no-damned-good" attitude. But, then, if you have
been there with Khamphone and me, you too might have a harder time belie\ing
that people can do anything humane, e\en with Divine help.
I'm amused that the first thing Sompheth wanted was a "Pepsi". He w as addicted
to ihem in Laos, too. Khamphone used to send him down to the corner store with
money to buy himself a Pepsi so as to see if he could count out his change. Poor kid.
Pepsis are about the only thing he'll tlnd common to Laos and .America".
.Again, I wish there were better words in tnglisli than just "Thank you" for tlie
wonderful thing you're doing. But, on the other hand, you will get a better kind of
thanks just by being with Khamphone. \\ ith just material help, he'd be a good man.
Willi your lo\e as well. 1 ihink he'll be exemplars !
1 o\e. Peace,
1 rank Welch
A Presbyterian Ghost?
Although our church enjoys a rich and lull history, many may be surprised to
learn that The First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain has its own ghost
story. The legend goes as follows:
Major Jones, originally from somewhere above Cherryville, N.C. was one ol the
early settlers of Kings Mountain. He was a large man and later became one of the
first policemen in our town. He was inarried and had two sons. Vestal and Henry.
Vestal left Kings Mountain soon after he finished school. Henry lived here all his
life and was a conductor of the Southern Railroad. The family attended The lirst
H.T. (Tom) Fulton, Sr., was the local undertaker. Miles Boyd, a teenage boy at
the time, worked for Vlr. Fulton, drove the hearse and looked after the horses for
him. He often helped Mr. Fulton drive the hearse to the church and cemetery on
the day of a funeral.
It was well known around Kings Mountain that Major .(ones had said that when
he died he wanted to be buried at his old church where was somewhere near
Cherrvville. When the Major finally passed away, however, his wife decided il
would be too much trouble and expense to carry the body lo his old home church
and thus decided to bury the old Major in Kings Mountain. The fiineral was to be
held in the First Presbyterian Church, where was then on the northwest corner ol
Mountain Street and Piedmont Avenue.
W hen they put the body in the hearse and started from Major .lones" home lo the
church for the funeral service, the left rear wheel locked and would not turn at all.
The hearse had to slide all the way to the church, a distance of several blocks. This
was completely unexpected, for the wheel had given no trouble at all before the
hearse left Major .tones' house. When the hearse arrived t the church, the body was
taken out and put inside the church to lie in state for awhile before the fimeral
service. Immediately afier the body was taken off the wagon, Mr. Fulton and Miles
Boyd drove it dow n the street to a nearby blacksmith shop w hich w as located w here
the law offices of Cloninger and Neisler stand now . L'pon arri\ ing at the blacksmith
shop Mr. Fulton and the blacksmith jacked up the axle, took off the wheel and
found lo their amazement absolutely nothing wrong. Ttit axle was greased
thoroughly and the wheel put back on the hearse so it could be driven back to the
church. After the funeral service the body was placed back in the hearse and was
driven to the Kings Moimtain cemetery about three o,- four blocks away. W hen the
hearse started off with the body back inside, the wheel immediately locked again
and did not turn all the way to the cemetery.
After Major .lones was buried. Miles Boyd and Mr. I ulton took the wagon back
lo the Fulton home and again took the wheel off. .lust as before, absolutel> nothing
could be found wrong. The hearse used a number of years after this and there was
never any more trouble with the wheel.
The legend is that the ghost of the old Major had held the w heel ol ihe hearse
because he did not want to be buried in Kings Mountain, Mr. Tom fullon. Sr. liked
to tell this story when he weni on o\ernighl hunting trips, a habil which Wi^ iloubl
caused some anxious momenis tor his hiinliiig companions.
Prisoner ot \\ ar troni
February 14, 1943 to Mav, 1945.
Corporal Cicero Falls Taken
Prisoner of War
Many of our church members served their country in war and endured
The experience of Corporal Cicero Falls is an example of the price paid
for our freedom.
Corporal Cicero Falls, 1st Field Artillery Observation Battalion, was one of the
4,000 men taken prisoner by the Germans in Tunisia, North Africa, on Sunday,
February 14, 1943, at 3:00 p.m. They were not surprised, for, knowing the enemy
was circling them, they had called in vain for an air strike. The Ciermans. who had
planes, came in and strafed the U.S. forces until they surrendered.
The captors marched the prisoners in 100-120 degree temperatures, wiihoul food
or water, across the desert toward the Mediterranean Sea until midnight, from
there by air to Naples, Italy, where they were marched through the streets as
After a few days, the Germans loaded the soldiers on horse and cattle cars, each
made to hold about fifteen animals, to move them through the Brenner Pass lo
.Austria for a short stay, then marched them across Europe in small groups. During
these months the prisoners lived almost entirely on irish potatoes and rutabaga
turnips, not tasting bread until they reached Germany in 1944. They marched
almost continually to a destination about twenty miles from Berlin.
While the prisoners stayed in a fenced-in compound guarded by old Cierman
men, Clarence King obtained through the black market, materials to make a crystal
radio set and was successful in tuning into the Allied Headquarters.
On Saturday night the listeners heard General Eisenhower broadcasting a
message to the prisoners to remain calm, to stay where they were, to expect to he
liberated about 6:00 a.m. Sunday. Tlic men were jubilant; llic German guards
disappeared; the Russians roared in at the appointed lime, smashing the Icncc. I his
freed the prisoners, but the liberators directed them lo sta\ in a group.
Cicero and his buddy, Fred Miller from Oregon, decided to slip out aiul wcni lo
Nuremburg, walking, riding a bicycle on a fairly well paved road for a time, for a
short time they drove a car the Russians had stolen. The two were in the midsi of
several skirmishes but could not take part because they had no weapons. They
stopped briefly to rest and saw coming down the road a car with U.S. emblazoned
on the front. On flagging it down they saw a man and a woman, both from the
Associated Press, on their way to Berlin to witness its fall. The reporters shared
cigarettes and some chocolates, wrote down the soldiers' names and addresses and
wired them to the Ll.S.
The message in a newspaper was picked up in C harlotte by a cousin who called
Kings Mountain to notify the Falls family of Cicero's whereabouts.
The Americans also told Cicero and Fred about a contereiicc lo he hckl h\
American and Russian otTicers on the Russian side ol the Flbe Ri\cr and ad\ iscti
them to contact some of the personnel with the olficers. Once al ihc place ol
iiiccliii!^ llic Iricnd^ scparalcd IcmporariU . I lie coiitcrcncc ended.
Cicero was pcrmilled to He In ihe fool ot a jeep thai was carrying a general, a
major, a capiain and Ihe sergeant drl\er. The passengers pni their feel on him for
secrecN while lhe\ crossed a long bridge across the I Ihe Ri\er lo Nuremberg. The
general sent both C icero and F- red in an airplane to La Heiire. France, from u hence
the\ made their way to a camp for reluming prisoners of war. There the refugees
found lents set up lo ser\ e Ihem, each with a special food: steak, ice cream.
an\ thing the hungry men could want. Officers urged them to eat to rebuild Iheir
strength and to add weight to Iheir emaciated bodies. Cicero had lost forty pounds.
.At ihe end o\ two or three weeks, the men from llie prison camp near Berlin
came in L'.S. trucks. .\i the end of thirty days those in charge outfitted all the men
in new arm\ clothes, put them aboard a "I ibert\"ship lo return lo Station Island.
New N ork. and then to Fl. Bragg. North Carolina.
Ha\ing enjo>ed a thirty da\ lea\e. Cicero reported to Miami Beach, where he
w as w hen .lapan surrendered. He returned to Ft. Bragg and was discharged .August
The followine Elders were eleeied between 1940 and 1965:
W .L. Ramseur
S.S. Weir, Jr.
R.W. Arrow ood
Since the adoption of the rotary system in 1974, tlie following liave
served as Elders, some beina chosen for more than one term:
Mrs. G.R. (Jean) Barber
R.R. Harper, Jr.
Mrs. Paul (Lillian) Mauney
J.T. McGinnis, Jr.
Mrs. W.T. (Josephine) Weir
CD. Blanton, Jr.
Mrs. P.G. (Charlene) Padgett
Mrs. B.F. (Jeanne) Maner
Mrs. J.C (Virginia) Arnette
Mrs. H.P. (Marilyn) Neisler
W.L. Ramseur R.H.Webb
B.M. Ormand S.S. Weir, Jr.
J.H. Thomson P.G. Padgett
R. Halbert Webb, who served as an Elder for over forty-five years, is the
only living Elder who was present at the 19.^7 Dedication Service.
The t(ill(i\\ inti wore clecicd De.icoii beiwecn l'-)45 and 1948.
S.S. W eir. ,lr.
Siiiee itie adoption ol ilie riM
eleeled Deaeon. mans ser\ ini:
ar"\ s\Aieni in 144S, ihe lollowine have been
se\ eral lerms:
\N ..1. ] iilkerson
H.i . Campbell
\\ .B. Thomson
O.W . Myers
T.l . Kesiler
B.l . Maner
CD. Blanton. Ir.
R.H. Gotorth, Ir.
J. A. Houser
\ .1 . Htow n
B.M. Ha\es, Ir.
.I.W . Webster
H.I . Pal nek
1 .D. Spearman
W .B. Crimes
l.A. Cheshire 111
G.l . Haieh
D.l . Austin
C\. Neisler, h.
Mrs. P.G. (C harlene) Padgeii
R.W . Moss
.1.1 . Eskridge
\\ .R . tirissoni
Mrs. .l.A. (Marlene) Neisler
W .C. Bailee
Mrs. H.P. (MariKii) Neisler
R.R. Harper, h.
\.\ . Led lord
.l.A, Neisler, Ir,
Miss Martha Hoiiser
P.M. Neisler, .Ir.
1 .E. Cook
1 .1 . Di\on. Ir.
I.I . King
Mis. B.I- . (leanne) Maner
"niirninnirnTrn'iiiriEr^riiiiriiiri Tr"^'"""'''""""''"^"" :i'hinTiii: iiii r7TTrnn m
R.W. Gosselt R.C . Pailerson
J.T. McCiinnis, Jr. Mrs. .lane C . King
D.M.Ballard CO. Whelsiine
G. P. Cheshire R.S. Maner
Superintendents of the Sunday
W.I. Stowe 1 887-1 897
C.W. Davidson 1944-1945
S.S. Weir, Jr 1 959 1 96 1
H.P. Neisler 1 965-1 967
D.L. Austin 1 967-1 969
B.F. Maner 1969-1971
The following have ser\ed as Organists since 1937:
Mrs. Margaret Neisler Hunnieutt
Mrs. Virginia Parsons Rosenthal
Mrs. Grace Withers Templeton
Mrs. Jean T. Barber
Mrs. Betty Patrick Merritt
J. Franklin Pethel
Mrs. Rebecca Beam Chamberlain
Mrs. Julia Lee Ribet Rogers
Mrs. Shirlex' Falls Austin
In Loving Memory
George Grady Cansler
James Gideon Darracott
James Calvin Nickels, III
Who Made The Supreme
World War, II